The Earth has a new moon, but you hardly notice it

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The Earth has a new moon, but you hardly notice it

About three years ago, the object named by astronomers 2020 CD3, was a common asteroid, wandering in the endless expanses of the Universe. Once in the network of Earth's gravity, the stone of Carboniferous rocks became earth's satellite, which due to its size, now considered our “minilines”. About the discovery of a tiny moon said astronomers from «Catalina Sky Survey», who on the night of February 15, 2020, watched the movement of stone near the orbit of the planet.

New Earth

A Small piece of stone, whose sizes range between 1.9 and 3.5 meters in diameter, is just one of the millions of asteroids whizzing annually in the vicinity of our planet. About 3 years ago a fragment of the will of fate was in the immediate vicinity of the planet, but instead crash into the Ground, chose a different destiny, becoming one of the temporary moons of the blue planet, according to the portal .

As of February 27, the near-earth space is 22 211 asteroids of different sizes, however due to the fact that they are small, they can be seen only in relatively large telescopes. You would think that with the low mass of flying around the Earth stones, they will all be absorbed . In fact, the way it happens, although most of “space tourists” does not stay in orbit long enough to become our true miniconomy.

Part of the captured space rocks heading straight towards earth's atmosphere, where it completes its existence, turning into spectacular fireballs; another part glides along the orbit of the planet as long as the speed will carry them away in the depths of the Universe.

a New earth, the moon has a very small size, making it impossible to see in an Amateur telescope

Due to the fact that “minimoni” is very difficult to detect, in the entire history of observations, scientists were only a handful of candidates in miniature satellites. So, one of officially confirmed the object was an asteroid called 2006 RH120, which orbited the Earth from 2006 to 2007. Periodically falling under the influence of the geocentric orbit, the object becomes a satellite of our planet every 20 years, after which he again sent to the neighborhood of the Sun.

Whatever it was, the presence of small temporary Earth satellites is of great importance for modern science. So, 2006 RH120, and 2020 CD3 offer humanity a unique opportunity to study the asteroid even within the environs of our planet.

Sending a spacecraft on is a rather expensive and time-consuming exercise. Because of the huge distance that separates mankind from space debris, the study of asteroids is often not possible, however, “miniline” break is not very pleasant for science rule. So, small satellites can help in the analysis of the surface structure of distant objects, as well as give the answer to exactly how asteroids captured by the Earth, thereby allowing the specialists to considerably simplify the search of similar stones in the future. In any case, astronomers were not so much time: according to preliminary modelling, 2020 CD3 will leave the Earth's orbit by April 2020.

On the earth's orbit and discovered a new companion.

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