Earth Has Had a Second “Moon” For Almost a Century

Scientists have discovered a new “quasi-moon” orbiting the Earth. Jose Sepulveda (@joseseepulveda87) has more. Earth currently has two moons thanks to a small asteroid that has been orbiting the Earth for the last century. 2016 H03 is roughly 120-300 feet in diameter and was discovered on April 27 by NASA.

“Since 2016 HO3 loops around our planet, but never ventures very far away as we both go around the sun, we refer to it as a quasi-satellite of Earth,” said Paul Chodas, manager of NASA’s Center for Near-Earth Object (NEO) Studies at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

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