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Thursday, June 30, 2016

NASA Has Confirmed That Earth Now Has A Second Moon That’s Here To Stay

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by Brianna Acuesta
True Activist

NASA has officially confirmed that Earth has a second moon that has been around longer than you think.

It’s been confirmed that the moon is no longer Earth’s only cosmic companion.

NASA reported this month that a mini-moon, affectionately named asteroid 2016 HO3, has been orbiting Earth for only about 100 years and may stick around for a few centuries.

Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies, said of the asteroid,

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“One other asteroid — 2003 YN107 — followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us. Our calculations indicate 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth’s companion for centuries to come.”
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