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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.

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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.

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Vatican Urges Nuns To Spend Less Time On Social Media

Nuns are warned to avoid the distraction of “noises, news and words.”

It looks like excessive social media usage is officially becoming a problem among Catholic nuns. In a recent statement, Vatican has recently ordered nuns to reduce time spent on social media and instead to focus more on contemplation.

A document entitled ‘Cor Orans’ (which is Latin for ‘Praying Heart’), the Vatican reminded 38,000 cloistered nuns in the Catholic Church that too much tweeting and reading the news can interfere with staying prayerful.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s Booster Chair Noticed By The Internet, Gave Birth To Hundred Of Memes

Mark Zuckerberg may have faced Facebook’s latest issue, but the Internet isn’t the one to easily forgive and forget.

In the past few days, Mark Zuckerberg has been the talk of the town due to Facebook's involvement in the Cambridge Analytica scandal. The social media giant and the political consulting firm are facing major backlash for obtaining data from over 87 million users for the purpose of supplying the said information to politicians who hired them.

Last April 10, Zuckerberg was invited to give his testimony before the United States Congressional Committee. The proceedings were aired on national TV and was likewise posted online. He was called to answer the issues but one of the things that later captured the internet's attention was his booster chair.

In case you didn't know, booster chairs are used to give some form of elevation to the user when they are seated. They are usually hidden from the crowd's view, as it is being covered by a table.

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Desperate Parents Beg Money To Save Baby Born With Part Of Brain And Skull Missing

The funds would help the poor baby girl undergo a life-saving surgery.

A 2-month-old baby girl is left fighting for her life, after being born with part of her brain and skull missing. Her parents are so desperate they are begging money for her to undergo a life-saving surgery. Sadly, they are running out of time.

Little Ah Neath’s life depends on her impoverished family, who are doing everything they can to save her. Her father and mother, Srey and Heang, respectively, are desperately gathering funds together. They even decided to sell their properties just to pay for their daughter’s medical care.

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