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Scientists discover 'mini moon' in Earth's orbit
Description: For the last 100 years or so, the Earth has had a celestial companion, zipping through the cosmos in an orbit around the sun that keeps it in lockstep with our planet, which some are calling a new "mini moon." The "quasi-satellite," known as 2016 HO3 in the scientific community, is likely somewhere between 120 and 300 feet across. The asteroid is technically orbiting the sun, but it appears to circle the earth as well, making it the most stable example of a space companion yet discovered. [Source: OregonLive.com]
URL: http://www.oregonlive.com/trending/2016/06/scientists_discover_mini_moon.html
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Source: OregonLive.com
Publish Date: 6/21/2016
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