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Some unseen moons surround Earth - VIDEO PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 17 August 2015 16:53
Canadian astronomer Robert Dzhedike (Robert Jedicke) of the Hawaiian Astronomical University presented calculations showing that the Earth may surround several Moons, we do not see because of the small size - about a few meters. This scientist told a conference of the International Astronomical Union (International Astronomical Union) in Honolulu, August 3, 2015, said the publication Science News. "This is not fiction, but it is known only one of these mini-Moons" - recalled Dzhedike of a celestial body of about three meters. It was opened in 2006 and held for about a year to orbit the Earth, before leaving it. While in orbit there is debris, spent stages and satellites, typically in excess of mini-Moon in size, in the report of the scientist it is, of course, was about the Earth's natural satellite. Dzhedik presented calculations according to which the earth is usually captures space objects the size of a washing machine, and a few months later they leave its orbit. Mini Moon in size from 50 centimeters to 1 meter (Dzhedike talked about children's inflatable ball) tens swarm around our planet like gnats around the lamp, while the asteroid the size of a large truck are captured by the gravitational field time in 50 years. Because of the small size of these satellites is very difficult to detect. The scientist hopes to detect them in the next few years using the Subaru Telescope in Hawaii. There is also a chance to find a mini-Moon, if we use the "Very Large Telescope» (Very Large Telescope) in Chile. Theoretically mini-Moon size of several meters can be used for training purposes by sending experiments Itokawa, said Dzhedike.