If you’ve seen the full moon these days, it kind of looks like there’s a smaller, circle on top of it. It got us, and of course several astronomers and scientists thinking – is it an asteroid? A satellite? OR ANOTHER MOON?
Turns out, it is a small asteroid that was snagged into Earth’s orbit where it now exists as a temporary “mini moon”. Scientists discovered this moon last weeks but wanted to be sure of what it was before labelling it as a new moon. So far, it looks like the real deal but you never know, it could turn out to be nothing more than space junk.
BIG NEWS (thread 1/3). Earth has a new temporarily captured object/Possible mini-moon called 2020 CD3. On the night of Feb. 15, my Catalina Sky Survey teammate Teddy Pruyne and I found a 20th magnitude object. Here are the discovery images. pic.twitter.com/zLkXyGAkZl
— Kacper Wierzchos (@WierzchosKacper) February 26, 2020
Wondering What The Size of This New Moon Is?
The size of a COMPACT CAR!
Are You Wondering If This Is A First Time Occurrence?
To burst your bubble, it really is not that uncommon. It is also not the first time that the Earth has managed to attract another moon. Scientists discovered another one about 14 years ago. Therefore, it is safe to assume that this has happened before.
Is This Permanent?
However exciting, this is not a permanent phenomenon. Within a matter of months, this moon will break free from Earth’s grip and will bid us farewell. Looks like Martians aren’t so special anymore – we too, have two moons (for now)!