A new study revealed that Mysterious asteroid A near-Earth could actually be an ancient part of our moon, and little is known about the Kamo`oalewa asteroid, which was discovered only five years ago, but the analysis of light reflected from space rock Which is 190 feet long indicates that it is made of the same material as the minerals found in lunar rocks from NASA’s Apollo missions.
According to the British newspaper, “Daily Mail”, this body is one of the few Nearby asteroids of the earth that revolves around the sun but remains relatively close to the earth.
A team of experts led by the University of Arizona said they don’t yet know how the part broke off from the moon, in part because there are no other known asteroids with lunar origins.
It may be debris from a collision event or from the gravitational disintegration of a larger body during a close encounter with the Earth and the Moon, and further evidence of Kamo`oalewa’s past is its orbit.
“It is unlikely that a near-Earth asteroid will move to a lunar-like orbit like Kamo`oalewa,” said study co-author Renu Malhotra, a University of Arizona professor of planetary sciences who led the study’s orbital analysis department.
“It won’t stay in this particular orbit for very long, just about 300 years into the future, and we estimate it reached this orbit about 500 years ago,” Malhotra added.
Kamo`oalewa was discovered by the PanSTARRS telescope in Hawaii in 2016, and the asteroid is between 150 and 190 feet in diameter, approaching Earth by about nine million miles.
It can only be observed from Earth for a few weeks each April, and due to its relatively small size, one of the largest telescopes on Earth is needed to see it.
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