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Earth may have a third moon

by on Sep.11, 2002, under Science

Seems the Earth may have third natural moon. The object, dubbed J002E2 (or J002E3, depending on the report), may have arrived recently, and is currently in a 50-day orbit. It still is undecided if it truly is a natural body or perhaps a piece of terrestrial space junk. The Earth’s second “moon”, called Cruithne, is apparently a Trojan asteroid scribing a horseshoe-like path.

Update 9/12: Looks like it could just be a Saturn V S-IVB stage, likely from Apollo 12.



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