Quasi-moon: medium size asteroid found orbiting Earth

June 2016SPACE It seems the moon is not Earth’s only cosmic companion. The newly discovered asteroid 2016 HO3 orbits the sun in such a way that the space rock never strays too far from Earth, making it a “quasi-satellite” of our planet, scientists say.
“One other asteroid — 2003 YN107 — followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity,” Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, said in a statement Wednesday (June 15).
“This new asteroid is much more locked onto us,” Chodas added. “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.” Indeed, 2016 HO3 is the best example of an Earth quasi-satellite ever found, scientists said. The asteroid was discovered on April 27 by scientists using the Pan-STARRS 1 survey telescope in Hawaii. 2016 HO3’s exact size is unknown, but researchers think it’s between 130 feet and 330 feet wide (40 to 100 meters).
As the space rock circles the sun, it loops around Earth as well, zooming ahead of the planet half of the time and trailing behind the other half, NASA officials said. 2016 HO3’s orbit is tilted slightly relative to that of Earth, so the asteroid also bobs up and down through our planet’s orbital plane.
The path of 2016 HO3 tends to twist and drift over time, but Earth’s gravitational pull keeps the asteroid contained: It never comes closer than 9 million miles (14.5 million kilometers) to our planet, and it never gets more than 24 million miles (38.6 million km) away, researchers said. “In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a little dance with Earth,” Chodas said. This dance is not dangerous: 2016 HO3 poses no threat to the planet, NASA officials said. –Space

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4 Responses to Quasi-moon: medium size asteroid found orbiting Earth

  1. mtnwolf63 says:

    Reblogged this on mtnwolf63 and commented:
    Strange asteroid shadowing Earth…


  2. niebo says:

    Ok, dudes, like, WOW, ya know maybe this AIN’T a true entry into the “signs” in the Heavens that Jesus talked about, but HOW BIZARRE is it that it’s been hanging out with us for thousand of years and NOBODY discovered it yet? Copernicus originated the theory of helio- er -heliocenteristicism – uh – heliocentrism (the sun is the center of the universe, no, galaxy, no, SYSTEM, yeah, yeah); Galileo supported his theory, was found guilty of heresy, then stared into the sun ’til he went blind (which might explain how he missed it, now that I say that); Newton co-invented calculus to explain the rotation of the planets in their orbits AND he developed/built the first real telescope (and, I heard someplace that he also designed the model A but Ford stole credit), and somehow he missed it, too. Einstein was a brilliant mathematician but, apparently, an IMBECILE astronomer. Yohan (Johann?) Kepler . . . LOSER. NASA? Satellites, moon missions, space stations, and a series of spectacular crashes on Mars, so what? As a collective of the brightest minds from all over the world, SIXTY YEARS OF FAILURE!

    So, maybe this discovery is a sign of the times . . . or maybe it’s just a sign that WE are surrounded by IDIOTS.

    Blurble. . . blurble


    • aaronwt says:

      I thought the article said it had been orbiting for a century, not a thousand years?


      • YellowBird says:

        the article quotes some researcher as saying ‘according to our calculations’ they currently believe its been around 100 years … what is actually stated is this thing is “newly discovered”. indicating they are guessing and do not know how long its been sharing an orbit, nor can it be definitively known how long that path will continue. calculations are flexible and subject to revision, depending on the knowledge and/or theories (guesswork) framing them.


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