May 19, 2024

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There may be an extra moon orbiting Earth, and scientists think they know exactly where it came from

There may be an extra moon orbiting Earth, and scientists think they know exactly where it came from

A fast-rotating asteroid that orbits in conjunction with Earth It could be a stray piece of the moon. Now, scientists think they know exactly which lunar crater they came from.

A new study published April 19 in the journal Nature astronomyfinds that the ground is nearby asteroid 469219 Kamo'oalewa may have been launched into space when a mile-wide (1.6 km) space rock collided with the Moon, creating the Giordano Bruno Crater.