‘Mini Moon’ Orbiting Earth Discovered by Astronomers


American astronomers have discovered another ‘mini-moon’ orbiting the Earth. This asteroid as large as a car has been orbiting the Earth for the last three years. This ‘mini-moon’, with a diameter of 1.9–3.5 m (6–11 ft), was first observed by the researchers Teddy Pruyne and Kacper Wierzchos of Catalina Sky Survey in collaboration with the US space agency NASA in Arizona on February 15.

Vierjos tweeted on Wednesday, ‘Big news. Temporarily orbiting the Earth has been detected. It is probably a mini-moon. It is named 2020 CD3. It may be the C-type asteroid. ‘ The astronomer stated, ‘This is a big deal because it is the second asteroid found in Earth’s orbit. Studies have shown that it must have entered the orbit of Earth three years ago.

Earlier 2006 Mini Moon named RH 120 was revealed. It was discovered by the scientists of the Catalina Sky Survey. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory’s Minor Planet Center stated, ‘No link to this unnatural object has been discovered. It might be an asteroid that Earth must have pulled from its gravitational force.’