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U.S. Astronomers have detected a new rare mini-moon orbiting around Earth.

The mini-moon was dubbed 2020 CD3 but is and also known as C26FED2

It was discovered by astronomers from the Catalina Sky Survey at the University of Arizona on February 15, 2020.

 

The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center (MPC) added the mini-moon also known as a Temporary Captured Orbiter (TCO) on February 25, 2020.

Others observatories have validated the find, indicating “that this object is temporarily bound to the Earth and no link to a known artificial object has been found.

What is a mini-moon?

Mini-moons are small asteroids that loops around Earth for a while before it breaks free and flies back into deep space.

The dimensions of the new celestial body orbiting Earth are described in the Tweet below:

This is an extremely rare space event. The first mini-moon was discovered 14 years ago, and this may prove to be the second one. TCOs are rare, but of great scientific interest and could help us to better understand asteroids, how they form and also improve our ability to detect dangerous near earth objects in our Solar System.

 

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