In a new article published in Monthly Announcements by the Royal Astronomical Society scientists explain that they have confirmed the presence of two clouds of dust orbiting Earth at the same distance as our Moon. The discovery is a confirmation of the work, which went back decades to the early 1960s, when the clouds were first discovered.
The presence of dust clouds was extremely difficult to prove because they are so weak. They are accumulations of extremely tiny particles that stretch across a vast area that even eclipses the earth itself, but they are definitely there.
These "moons," as some call them, are obviously not moons, as you would normally think of them. It's just huge, thin clouds of dust trapped in Earth's orbit. They are many times the size of the Earth itself, but you can not see them with the naked eye, because not enough light bounces off the tiny particles and reaches our planet.
The great waves of space dust had been called "Kordylewski clouds," an allusion to the astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski, the first to claim that he actually discovered them in 1
"The Kordylewski clouds are two of the most difficult objects, and although they are as close to Earth as the Moon, they are largely overlooked by astronomers." Judit Sliz-Balogh, co-author of the new study, said in a statement. "It's fascinating to confirm that our planet has dusty pseudo-satellites in orbit next to our moon neighbor."
The existence of dust clouds does not mean much to you and me, but it does shed some light on Earth orbit dynamics. The places where the dust is trapped are called larange points, and scientists believe that such places are the ideal places for the placement of space stations or satellites for long-term use.