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    A little moon, for a while
    From: Frank Reed CT
    Date: 2007 Apr 18, 00:42 EDT
    According to an article on the Sky & Telescope web site, the Earth has acquired a little moonlet:
     
    It's about 31 magnitude fainter than the Earth's (primary) Moon, so you may need binoculars to see it... really, really big binoculars. <g>
     
    As noted in the article, there is a significant possibility that this is space junk rather than a natural "rock". A similar case occurred about five years ago when an SIV-B (Saturn third stage) from one of the US moon landing missions came home for a while, orbiting the Earth at trans-lunar range, until wandering away into heliocentric orbit again. Since the new object appears to be unaffected by light pressure, it must be relatively dense, unlike the earlier Saturn rocket stage.
     
    -FER
    42.0N 87.7W, or 41.4N 72.1W.
    www.HistoricalAtlas.com/lunars




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