Friday, December 30, 2011

News: Pseudo-moons Orbit Earth

Pseudo-moons Orbit Earth
Sky And Telescope, 30 December 2011

Earth may be going steady with the Moon, but it has a bit of a wanderer’s relationship with some other nearby objects. A study by an international trio of scientists suggests that, at any given time, there is at least one meter-sized mini asteroid temporarily orbiting our planet. Caught from the population of near-Earth objects (NEOs), the “satellite” completes on average three whirls around us in less than a year before the planet and meteoroid go their separate ways.

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