Monday, September 12, 2016
It's Official the Earth Has a Second Moon! 2016 HO3 or 469219
Yes and no, it all depends on who you ask. By basic scientific orbital rules, then yes. By hard nose scientific rules, which can change on a dime (remember the 'Planet Pluto?) then no. But it is not as black and white, because some people classify other objects as moons, or part-time moons, like Cruithne.
But this Moon or rather Moonlet orbits around the Earth and the Moon! Like the accepted moon this object 2016 HO3, (Like Santa would say "Ho Ho Ho" Ho-cubed)also known as object #469219, orbits the Earth. This Moon or rather Moonlet's discovery is less than six months old right now. It will be in orbit around Earth for most of the 21st Century! A moon discovered by the USA!
So who will be the first person to put a flag on this Moon? Certainly it will become a hot property in the 22nd century, as a wonderful space colony? It's about the size of football or soccer stadium. In any case here is the Astrological symbol for our second natural satellite of Earth - The Moonlet.