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The new ‘mini-moon’ set that will be captured by Earth could just be space junk

The new ‘mini-moon’ set that will be captured by Earth could just be space junk

Will Earth have the second smallest lunar discovery in 2020? Not likely.


A huge moon is looming overhead over us and you might think “enough moons”. But sometimes, the Earth becomes greedy and starts pulling small asteroids to stay in orbit longer. Brief visits of these “mini-moons” are very rare, so far only two have been confirmed. Most recently on February 15, Small Rock 2020 CD3 Discovered by astronomers In the Catalina Sky Survey with NASA funding. Wonderful Mini Moon Trapped by the Earth’s gravity by 2015 and staying with us until May 2020, before falling back into the universe.

But in an unprecedented year in 2020, astronomers announced the discovery of another potentially small moon: 2020 SO.

Except it acts like a small asteroid. Our mini moon is not a moon at all. It is moving very slowly to pull the rock out of the cosmic body. Hence, astronomers reason, it is the space junk that remains from the early days of the space race.

The current theory is that the 2020 SO is the rocket body from the Atlas Center-D rocket first launched in 1966. The rocket carrying the Surveyor 2 lunar lander to the moon has been lifted since September 20. Dimensions and orbit of 2020 SO, Published by NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Seems to be nicely aligned with the center body.

The object will be caught by the Earth’s gravitational pull in October and will have its closest approach on December 1, at a distance of about 31,000 miles. Astronomers need to be able to see the object closely, estimate its shape and its emission type.

If it’s the center stage – if it’s in vain – it’s still interesting waste. It ended up revolving around the solar system for five decades. We can learn a little about the effects of space on our old rocket bodies. It does not cause any problems for Earthlings, as far as we can tell, it works in a timely manner A reminder of the space junk problem.

Ever since we first launched rockets and satellites into orbit, we have been polluting the space around our planet. Everything that goes up does not go down immediately. There are thousands of space junk, useless satellites and small pieces of garbage circling the earth with great speed. Hitting the ision with a piece of junk is destructive, blowing a hole through a rocket or satellite. More experiments mean more waste and more waste poses a much bigger risk to space travel, satellites and our desire to occupy space.

You do not have to look back for more than 24 hours to see how space debris is encountered. Tuesday, The International Space Station had to “burn the maneuver” To avoid damaging the unknown cosmic debris on its side.

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