Earth could have more than one moon

Earth could have more than one moon
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[Ed. – ‘Moon Over Miami,’ ‘Blue Moon,’ and other tunes may need a lyric adjustment.]

We’ve all been taught from a very young age that the Earth has just one natural satellite. The moon is there, it’s easy to see at night from just about anywhere and for the most part, it’s a pretty neat little friend for our planet. Some other planets in our solar system have lots and lots of moons, but we only have one … right?

A new study proposes that the moon is actually just the biggest of Earth’s satellites and that other “mini-moons” orbit our planet, but are so tiny, and come and go so often, that we hardly ever notice them.

The research, which was published in Frontiers in Astronomy and Space Sciences, was conducted by an international team of astronomers who now say that tiny objects in space regularly swoop into orbit around Earth. They’re small, only between 1 and 2 meters in diameter, but they do show up from time to time and they could offer scientists a window into the life cycle of asteroids.

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