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Scientists Confirm Two New ‘Dust Moons’ Orbiting Earth

The Kordylewski clouds have been around since the 1960s!

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Have you ever wondered if we truly are alone in the universe? Although aliens can’t be confirmed just yet, we now know that our moon has some new companions. Scientists have just confirmed the existence of two “dust moons” that are orbiting our planet.

A team of Hungarian astronomers and physicists have officially confirmed the strange clouds of dust that can be found around 400,000 kilometers from Earth. The two satellites were only recently photographed although they have already been spotted back in the 1960s.

The binary suns of the planet Tatooine in ‘Star Wars’.

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The dust moons are named after Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski who was first to discover their existence in 1961. Although Kordylewski pointed out the clouds, their existence remained controversial. That is until researchers Judit Slíz-Balogh and Gábor Horváth of Eötvös Loránd University photographed the moons.

The Kordylewski clouds are out there, but they are hard to find. Although they are around nine times wider than earth, they have microscopic component particles. This makes them difficult to see amidst all the other bright bodies in space.

According to scientists, the clouds were formed because of particles in space being trapped in the Lagrangian points between Earth and the moon. The dust satellites were photographed near the L5 point.

The Kordylewski clouds were finally photographed.

Slíz-Balogh is clearly thrilled with the discovery. The scientists spoke about the dust moons with reverence.

“The Kordylewski clouds are two of the toughest objects to find, and though they are as close to Earth as the Moon are largely overlooked by researchers in astronomy. It is intriguing to confirm that our planet has dusty pseudo-satellites in orbit alongside our lunar neighbor.”

The scientists are hoping to learn more about the dust moons in the near future. They are hopeful that the clouds will eventually become more visible in the sky soon.

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Small Tech Firm in China Launches World’s First Foldable Smartphone Ahead of Samsung

Moreover, the device has been getting lots of positive reviews!

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It's official, folks! Samsung's foldable Galaxy X smartphone could no longer be considered the first in the world. As it appears, the highly-anticipated device from the South Korean tech giant has been beaten by a new product from a small Chinese firm.

Royole Corp's FlexPai has been released ahead of Galaxy X and what's even more amazing is that tech reviewers are now raving about it. The device features a 1.8-inch plastic screen that's capable of a 180-degree twist. At a San Francisco event, The Verge and Mashable were able to test the FlexPai and both have declared that the smartphone's folding technology really works.

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NASA Fires Back at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories with One Solid Promise

Will this shut down conspiracy theories once and for all?

Mark Andrew

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“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” declared astronaut Neil Armstrong during that historic day when man finally made it to the moon. The date was July 20, 1969 and it has since been considered one of the world’s most spectacular feats when it comes to space exploration.

Fast forward to the present day, however, there are still some people who are doubting its reality. Numerous critics on the internet say everything was fake. Conspiracy theories vary from one another and some go as far as claiming the landing was filmed at a studio by acclaimed Hollywood director Stanley Kubrick.

Now a new film has been made entitled First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, telling the story of Neil Armstrong.

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Recycling Isn’t The Real Solution To Plastic Pollution, According To Experts

Apparently, everything we’ve learned about plastic recycling is wrong!

Mark Andrew

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Plastic pollution has become a worsening problem across the world and it has badly affected both humans and the wildlife. For many years, we’ve all been taught about how recycling can help prevent it.

Experts, however, are claiming otherwise these days. In fact, a recent Independent feature has gone as far as pointing out that recycling “is not a solution” to the plastic problem but “an easy cop-out for cowardly governments, greedy corporations and lazy consumers to hide behind.”

Plastic recycling isn't doing a lot of good, according to experts.

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