NASA has just confirmed that Earth has a new moon
There is more than one moon orbiting the earth?
That's what smartmindmag.com claimed in an undated post titled "NASA has Earth Confirmed A New Moon."
"NASA's new reports show that quasi-moon circles the earth for almost a century, and we have it missed all the time, "claimed the website. "The new moon is not as big as THE MOON, but it still holds our original lunar company as it travels through space."
The post is borrowing heavily from a June 2016 NASA report, but takes liberties to stretch the truth.
NASA announced in 2016 the discovery of a small asteroid that, as it circles the Sun, "also seems to revolve around the Earth." But NASA did not say that the 2016 HO3 asteroid was a new moon orbiting Earth.
"It is too far away to be considered a true satellite of our planet, but it is the best and most stable example of a near-Earth companion or 'quasi-satellite," the NASA report said.
Satellite is an object that moves around a larger object, and both the Earth and the Moon are considered "natural" satellites, NASA explains, with the properties of HO3 only elevating it to "quasi-satellite."
The contribution from smartmindmag.com contained legitimate quotes that appear on the NASA's 2016 release, but jumped to a conclusion that NASA did not detect.
Both the NASA report and smartmindmag.com Quote Paul Chodas, Manager NASA's Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California says: "Since 2016, HO3 is roaming our planet, but never very far away, we both walk around the sun, we call it s ie as quasi-satellites of the earth.
Other more prominent news agencies published similar headlines over the two-earth Earth based on the NASA report in 2016. Business Insider: SURPRISE: The Earth has two moons.
But other sites treated the story more closely. # 39; s headline hinted that details are important: Another Moon for Earth Well, not really, but it depends on your point of view Gizmodo also explained the nuances in a story with headlines: The New "Quasi" Moon of the Earth will last for centuries.
NASA has not confirmed that Earth has a new moon, as smartmindmag.com claims.