Earth May Have a Second Moon the Size of a Tesla

Astronomers report that Earth has temporarily captured a second Moon, but it's really small.
Brad Bergan

Earth may have a second Moon — a very small, short-term Moon.


Earth's second Moon is a mini-Moon

A team of astronomers from the NASA-funded Catalina Sky Survey near Tucson, Arizona think there may be a small asteroid captured in Earth orbit, reports CNET. Confirmation came from The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center (MPC), who declared on Tuesday that our planet has a new "temporary captured object."

A member of the team, Wierzchos, followed-up on the discovery with a tweet, in which he says that the comet entered Earth's orbit roughly three years ago. It is very small, with a diameter between 1.9 and 3.5 meters (6.2 and 11.5 feet). It may be tiny, but "it's a big deal as out of ~ 1 million known asteroids, this is just the second asteroid known to orbit Earth," tweeted Wierzchos.

Before and after the second Moon

The first asteroid found circling round our planet was RH120, discovered in 2006 by the same Catalina Sky Survey that discovered the temporary second Moon.

Now, it's a race for astronomers to find more information on the latest greatest rock in space.

"Further observations and dynamical studies are strongly encouraged," said the MPC in the announcement.

Like the MPC says, no further updates are available, but be sure to check here for updates on Earth's first-ever second Moon.

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