Back in 2016, NASA scientists announced that Earth also had a second moon. This celestial body is actually an asteroid, the 2016 HO3 Kamo’oalewa, which is roughly 55 to 60 meters in diameter and which is never more than a hundred times the Earth-Moon distance from our planet. Scientists have examined the celestial body more closely in recent years and have come to a very interesting conclusion.
Experts believe that the 2016 HO3 was once a piece of the Moon that was presumably ruptured from the celestial body after an asteroid collided.
The IFLScience his report sernit the Kamo’oalewa is very difficult to study: on the one hand because of its size and on the other hand because its orbit is only visible in part of April, and even then it can only be seen with the help of a huge telescope. Ben Sharkey, a doctoral student at the University of Arizona, took advantage of this time window to observe the celestial body, and in his analysis he found that its composition was unlike any other asteroid.
As stated in the Communications Earth and Environment described in his publication in the journal, he found an object that resembles the composition of Kamo’oalewa: the moon. He also notes, however, that we don’t know enough yet to be sure it comes from there. However, compared to everything else, this seems to be the most obvious explanation.
Source: technokrata by www.technokrata.hu.
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