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.
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.
Take a look at our mini-moon!
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.
Finally, Someone Invented and Tested A Hoverboard That Actually Flies
This could be the most awesome futuristic ride.
With how fast the world is changing and greatest technological innovations are coming left and right, it's not surprising to get a taste of the future and be blown away by some 'out of this world' stuff that we used to only read in books or watch in 'sci-fi flicks. 'The future is here and now,' so they say.
At first glance, you might remember Green Goblin's glider from the Spiderman movie or another version from the classic film 'Back to the Future.' But this is no movie though. This is the real deal.
Zapata Racing, a company known for creating water and jet ski powered hoverboards uploaded a video which quickly went viral, now with almost 5 million views on YouTube. It features French jet ski champion Franky Zapata with his latest and futuristic aircraft-- the Flyboard Air or the so-called 'revolutionary hoverboard.'...
86-Year-Old Grandma Gains Fame For Most Polite Google Search
The woman’s impeccable manners has charmed practically everyone — including the folks at Google.
On June 9, Ben Eckersley visited his grandmother May Ashworth at her home in England's Greater Manchester area. He happened to see her laptop, which had the Google tab open. He chuckled when he saw what he had searched for. She had typed these exact words on the Google search box: "Please translate these roman numerals mcmxcviii thank you."
For his part, Eckersley found his grandmother's polite Google search adorable. So, he took a photo of the laptop's screen and then shared it on Twitter, where he uses the handle @Push10Ben. He thought nothing of it and was even shocked when it went viral.
The most polite Google search ever.
Disabled Young Man Helps Bus Driver Fight Off Knife-Wielding Man
A disabled young man showed extraordinary courage when he helped a bus driver deal with a criminal.
With all the cynicism and suspicion going on in the world, we are often taken by surprise when complete strangers go out of their way to help out people in trouble. It seems to be even more unbelievable for us when we hear stories about individuals who risk their lives just to do something good. Their selfless acts often baffle us. It's really quite tragic that we don't have more faith in the goodness of people.
Writer Charles de Lint said, "I don't want to live in the kind of world where we don't look out for each other. Not just the people that are close to us, but anybody who needs a helping hand. I cant change the way anybody else thinks, or what they choose to do, but I can do my bit."
The young man showed great courage.
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