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‘Quasi’ Moon Discovered Orbiting Earth
VOA news ^ | 6-16-16 | unattributed

Posted on 06/16/2016 10:52:20 AM PDT by smokingfrog

Astronomers have discovered a new “quasi” moon orbiting Earth.

2016 HO3, as the asteroid is called, is at least 40 meters across and could be larger, up to 100 meters, researchers say, but it’s too far from Earth to qualify as a true satellite or mini-moon.

"Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth," said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

"One other asteroid -- 2003 YN107 -- followed a similar orbital pattern for a while over 10 years ago, but it has since departed our vicinity. This new asteroid is much more locked onto us. 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."

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2003yn107; 2016ho3; asteroid; astronomy; catastrophism; earthcrossers; fauxmoon; minormoon; moon; nasa; nearearthobject; paulchodas; satellite; science; space
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1 posted on 06/16/2016 10:52:21 AM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

2016 HO3, as the asteroid is called, is at least 40 meters across and could be larger, up to 100 meters, researchers say, but it’s too far from Earth to qualify as a true satellite or mini-moon.

“Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth,”

???

So make up your mind! I’ve never heard of the criteria that it has to be X distance to be a “moon”. If it is in a stable orbit around Earth, then it is a moon.


2 posted on 06/16/2016 10:54:54 AM PDT by VanDeKoik
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To: smokingfrog

Or maybe at the right time 2016 HO3 will make a not-so-soft landing here. Something like that is definitely coming soon, maybe within this century.


3 posted on 06/16/2016 10:56:27 AM PDT by Jim W N
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To: smokingfrog

How soon can this be blamed on (1) global warming, (2) homophobia, (3) Islamophobia, or (4) a member of the Bush family?


4 posted on 06/16/2016 10:57:16 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: smokingfrog

So, IIRC, one of the reasons given to demote Pluto was that it had been unable to clear its orbit of smaller bodies (not a moon, of course)?


5 posted on 06/16/2016 10:57:16 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Verginius Rufus

Don’t forget Trump.


6 posted on 06/16/2016 11:05:26 AM PDT by RipSawyer (Racism is racism, regardless of the race of the racist.)
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To: smokingfrog

Death Star.


7 posted on 06/16/2016 11:05:47 AM PDT by moovova
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To: Verginius Rufus

Trumps fault.


8 posted on 06/16/2016 11:05:55 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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9 posted on 06/16/2016 11:06:18 AM PDT by WakeUpAndVote
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To: smokingfrog

NASA should land on this, attach a few rockets to it and then give it as a gift to all the mooselimbs in mecca.

I am sure we can overnight it at several thousand miles per hour.

as part of mooselimb outreach...of course!


10 posted on 06/16/2016 11:07:22 AM PDT by GraceG (Only a fool works hard in an environment where hard work is not appreciated...)
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To: smokingfrog

Sounds like a candidate for a base of some sort.


11 posted on 06/16/2016 11:08:09 AM PDT by fella ("As it was before Noah so shall it be again,")
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To: smokingfrog
NASA released a photo of it:


12 posted on 06/16/2016 11:08:19 AM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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To: smokingfrog

It’s Farrakhan’s mothership, perhaps?


13 posted on 06/16/2016 11:09:32 AM PDT by HombreSecreto (The life of a repo man is always intense)
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To: HombreSecreto

If so someone needs to ask them why they didn’t help during Katrina. Is NOLA not chocolate enough for them?

(BTW, ever wonder if certain. Dems realize that there is white chocolate too?)


14 posted on 06/16/2016 11:11:32 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Maybe it's causing global warming or the rise of the oceans.
15 posted on 06/16/2016 11:13:07 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: smokingfrog
Quasi moon.

It's the other end of this guy....

16 posted on 06/16/2016 11:13:25 AM PDT by DannyTN (is)
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To: smokingfrog
"That's no moon!"


17 posted on 06/16/2016 11:17:25 AM PDT by Dubh_Ghlase
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To: DannyTN

HA!


18 posted on 06/16/2016 11:18:48 AM PDT by BBB333 (Q: Which is grammatically correct? Joe Biden IS or Joe Biden ARE an idiot?)
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To: smokingfrog

What’s it’s composition?
Be great if it’s got fuel/carbon on it.


19 posted on 06/16/2016 11:18:55 AM PDT by mrsmith (Dumb sluts: Lifeblood of the Media, Backbone of the Democrat/RINO Party!)
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To: VanDeKoik

“If it is in a stable orbit around Earth, then it is a moon.”

Some light reading ...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Co-orbital_configuration


20 posted on 06/16/2016 11:19:39 AM PDT by TexasGator
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