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NASA Scientists Discover Earth’s Second Moon

Surprise! NASA scientists say the Earth has had a second, mini-moon for the past 100 years.

We’ve always thought that the Earth just had one moon. However, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) scientists have revealed that the Earth has had a second, mini-moon for the past 100 years. The NASA team, however, only spotted it last April.

This second moon is actually a recently captured asteroid that the scientists are calling it “2016 HO3.” As far as heavenly bodies go, it’s relatively small. It measures 120 feet long and 300 feet wide. This explains why it took so long for scientists to discover its presence.

The "mini-moon" was discovered last April.


Scientists have noted that the asteroid is no threat to our planet or to our main moon. Depending on its position on its orbit, the mini-moon’s distance from Earth varies from between 38 and 100 times the distance of the main moon.

Paul Chodas — the manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California — explained, “The asteroid’s loops around Earth drift a little ahead or behind from year to year, but when they drift too far forward or backward, Earth’s gravity is just strong enough to reverse the drift and hold onto the asteroid so that it never wanders farther away than about 100 times the distance of the moon.

The same effect also prevents the asteroid from approaching much closer than about 38 times the distance of the moon. In effect, this small asteroid is caught in a little dance with Earth.”

The "mini-moon" is actually an asteroid.

The "mini-moon" was discovered last April.

Chodas likewise added, “Our calculations indicate 2016 HO3 has been a stable quasi-satellite of Earth for almost a century, and it will continue to follow this pattern as Earth’s companion for centuries to come.”

The video below shows how the mini-moon moves in relation to the earth, the Sun, and the main moon.

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As the scientists pointed out, the two moons and the Earth (with the Sun in the center) will be together in this cosmic dance for some time.


Hostage Grabs Gun, Kills 7 Taliban Captors

He was lucky to be alive.

It takes a big deal of courage to stand up for oneself, especially when faced with imminent danger. An Afghan hostage taken hostage by the Taliban bravely escaped the hands of his captors.

Awal Khan made a dramatic escape as he grabbed the gun of one of his kidnappers and opened fire, killing seven enemies and wounding 18 others.

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Model Girlfriend Breaks Boyfriend’s Nose After He Broke Up With Her

It seems breaking up with her was a good decision after all.

A British student has won the sympathy of others after posting pictures of his broken nose and blood-covered face online. According to him, this mess was made by her girlfriend. Named Kathryn Mahoney, the authorities had her arrested on suspicion of assault.

Reports say that Kathryn punched Ben Kebbell in the face and stomach after he wanted to break up with her. The 19-year-old guy shared a gory image with his nose bent out of shape. It was first posted on Snapchat with the caption:

The Katie thing comes with a broken nose lol.

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Uber to Exit Southeast Asia for Stake in Rival Company Grab

Uber’s stake could become smaller.

Uber Technologies Inc. has reached an agreement in principle to sell its operations in Southeast Asia to local rival Grab Inc. This exit comes in exchange of as much as 30% stake in Grab, according to reports. Uber and Grab have yet to issue official statements.

The two companies are reportedly ironing out the details of the deal and a final agreement may be reached soon. It is still possible that Uber's stake could become smaller. The deal will involve Uber's major assets in the region, but it could possibly exclude small pieces of the Southeast Asian operations. It will be similar to the deal Uber made with Chinese ridesharing company Didi Chuxing in 2016.

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