Earth mini-moons: Potential for exciting scientific and commercial opportunities

Posted by on August 13, 2018 2:42 pm
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The detection of ‘mini-moons’ — small asteroids temporarily captured in orbit around Earth — will vastly improve our scientific understanding of asteroids and the Earth-moon system. Small and fast-moving, they have evaded detection by existing technology, with only one confirmed mini-moon discovery to date. The advent of the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope could verify their existence and track their paths around our planet, presenting exciting scientific and commercial opportunities.

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