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The Earth has two moons and no one had noticed

It is not surprising that several planets of the Solar System have several moons orbiting around it. In fact, by 2019, it was discovered that Saturn won first place, with 82 natural satellites, against the 79 of Jupiter.

The inhabitants of planet Earth we have always vanagloriado of our only friend lonely as a kind of monogamy of space, the Moon.

However, this loyalty could be a thing of the past, because a group of astronomers from the united States discovered that at least three years there is another body rocky that he would comply with the definition of moon.

This because the 15 of February and through the telescope of 1.52 meters, of the Observatory on Mount Lemmon, near Tuscon, Theodore Pruyne and Kacper Wierzchos gave with this natural satellite that would be transitional, since it is expected that in the coming months to leave the earth’s orbit.

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The research team belonging to the University of Arizona notes that “this object is temporarily attached to the Earth. There is No evidence of perturbations due to the solar radiation. Is seen pressure and has not found any link with an artificial object known”.

“The Earth has a new object caught temporarily/possible miniluna call 2020 CD3. On the night of the 15th of February, my team-mate program Catalina Sky Survey, Teddy Pruyne, and I found an object of magnitude 20”, published Kapcer Wierzchos on Twitter, and added that the trajectory of the object “shows that came into the orbit of the Earth about three years ago”.

In another tweet, the astronomer added that “el object has just been announced by the MPC (Center of Minor Planets) and its orbit shows that it entered the orbit of the Earth about three years ago. Here is a diagram of the orbit created with the simulator of orbit written by Tony Dunn”.

Wierzchos also gave some features of the new miniluna: “The object has a diameter between 1.9 – 3.5 m, assuming an albedo of asteroid type C. But it is a big problem as of ~ 1 million known asteroids, this is only the second asteroid known to orbit the Earth (after 2006 RH120, which was also discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey”.

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