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New 'mini-moon' orbiting Earth for now, astronomers say
nbcnews.com ^ | Feb. 26, 2020 | Denise Chow

Posted on 02/26/2020 4:51:58 PM PST by ransomnote

A visiting mini-moon is circling Earth, according to astronomers who discovered the cosmic squatter in our planet's orbit.

The tiny asteroid, dubbed 2020 CD3, was spotted by astronomers in Tucson, Arizona, on Feb. 15.

"BIG NEWS," Kacper Wierzchos, a researcher with the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Lab, tweeted Tuesday. "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."

Wierzchos said that the object measures about 6 feet to 11 feet across and that its orbit suggests that it entered Earth's orbit around three years ago.

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TOPICS: Astronomy; Miscellaneous; Science
KEYWORDS: 2020cd3; asteroid; asteroids; astronomy; bolide; catastrophism; minimoon; science
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This is different from the other articles a year or two ago re Earth's extra moons.

Earth has two extra, hidden 'moons' - National Geographic

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Nov 6, 2018 - Earth's moon may not be alone. After more than half a century of speculation and controversy, Hungarian astronomers and physicists say they ...
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It's also different from the 2016 findings :

Earth has two moons

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NASA announced Earth may have another moon. It’s much, much smaller than our original moon. Astronomers spotted it at the asteroid survey telescope in Haleakala, Hawaii. Produced by Matt Stuart and Rebecca Harrington. Read more: http://www.techinsider.io/ FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/techinsider TWITTER: https://twitter.com/techinsider INSTAGRAM: https://instagram.com/tech_insider/ TUMBLR: http://techinsider.tumblr.com/

1 posted on 02/26/2020 4:51:58 PM PST by ransomnote
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Could be Q warned us about Mini...


2 posted on 02/26/2020 4:54:08 PM PST by genetic homophobe
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I’ve got boulders bigger on my hill. Much bigger.


3 posted on 02/26/2020 4:56:37 PM PST by HighSierra5
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"... the object measures about 6 feet to 11 feet across and that its orbit suggests that it entered Earth's orbit around three years ago."

Yep... It figures... When we get a better look at it (first week of November) we'll be able to see the MAGA inscription on it's surface...

4 posted on 02/26/2020 4:57:39 PM PST by SuperLuminal (Where is Sam Adams now that we desperately need him)
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There’s all kinds of stuff orbiting us in the Lagrange points.


5 posted on 02/26/2020 4:58:00 PM PST by Seruzawa (TANSTAAFL!)
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6 to 10 feet across? I could eat this thing in two or three sittings, assuming it’s made of cheese, which of course it is.


6 posted on 02/26/2020 4:58:32 PM PST by Yardstick
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Bloomberg’s home planet is searching for him?


7 posted on 02/26/2020 4:58:33 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Yardstick
" 6 to 10 feet across? I could eat this thing in two or three sittings, assuming it’s made of cheese, which of course it is."

"I hope you've got good plumbing. I've been eating a lot of cheese lately. I just can't get enough cheese." - Uncle Buck (John Candy)

8 posted on 02/26/2020 5:07:08 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: SuperLuminal

It’s Elon Musk’s car.


9 posted on 02/26/2020 5:07:36 PM PST by redshawk ( I want my red balloon. ( https://youtu.be/V12H2mteniE))
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10 posted on 02/26/2020 5:11:17 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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To: ransomnote

Bloomberg dropped his pants?


11 posted on 02/26/2020 5:15:38 PM PST by rfp1234
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NASA has named it:

“Katy Turd”


12 posted on 02/26/2020 5:23:43 PM PST by cgbg (The Democratic Party is morphing into the Donner Party)
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Frank Zappa could have been an astronomer. I’m thinking CD as in Cosmic Debris.


13 posted on 02/26/2020 5:36:45 PM PST by printhead (I need a new tagline. Happy days are here again.)
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To: ransomnote

Masser and Secunda.


14 posted on 02/26/2020 5:38:14 PM PST by dragonblustar (I love reading Trump tweets in the morning.)
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To: SuperLuminal

“...we’ll be able to see the MAGA inscription on it’s surface... “

Sorry, that’s MEGA, “Make Earth Great Again”.

(I did understand what you meant by the timing, but I thought the moon would have more cosmic ideas.)


15 posted on 02/26/2020 5:44:19 PM PST by Empire_of_Liberty
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To: printhead

with the oil of Aphrodite

and the dust of the Grand Wazoo


16 posted on 02/26/2020 5:45:16 PM PST by Don W (When blacks riot, neighbourhoods and cities burn. When whites riot, nations and continents burn.)
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That’s no moon. It’s Rosie O’Donnell ...


17 posted on 02/26/2020 5:54:10 PM PST by IronJack
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To: printhead; Chode; Squantos; SkyDancer; Lockbox; carriage_hill; All

“Seat 38 on Fido 3, Icepick in the forehead...”


18 posted on 02/26/2020 6:18:28 PM PST by mabarker1 ((Congress- the opposite of PROGRESS!!! A fraud, a hypocrite, a liar. I'm a member of Congress !!!!)
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To: Yardstick

More like a mini-fridge.


19 posted on 02/26/2020 6:26:51 PM PST by Larry Lucido
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Probably dropping Coronavirus spores into the Earth’s atmosphere for a while. Just finally got one picked up in China late last year.

It’s an advance biological weapon from an invading race.

Where’s David Vincent when you need him?


20 posted on 02/26/2020 6:31:58 PM PST by John Milner (Marching for Peace is like breathing for food.)
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