Earth is going to lose its second moon forever

Next week, Earth’s second moon will reach closer to the planet before flowing into space, never to appear again.

“Is the second moon,” you ask? Astronomers call it 2020 SO – A small object that fell in half the Earth’s orbit between our planet and the moon in September 2020. Temporary satellites such as these are known as minimons, although calling it a moon is a bit misleading in this case; In December 2020, NASA researchers learned that the object is not a space rock, but rather Remnants of 1960s rocket boosters Involved in US Surveyor Moon Mission.

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