Earth is set to occupy a minimon in October – but some experts say it could be space junk

Astronomers have identified an object with a trajectory to Earth that could turn into a temporary minimoon.

Earth is set to occupy a minimun in October that could last until May 2021 – but some experts say the object could be man-made space junk.

  • NASA’s JPL has detected an incoming object that could be trapped by the Earth’s gravity
  • This event means Asteroids 2020 will turn into a new minimun
  • Simulations show that October will be stuck in October by 2021
  • However, some astronomers believe it is part of a satellite launched in 1966

Astronomers have identified an object with a trajectory approaching Earth that could turn into a temporary minimoon.

Dubbed the 2020 SO, the entity has been in Earth-like orbit for more than a year and is stuck in the gravitational pull of our planet, starting in October and staying until May 2021.

However, some experts have noticed that it is moving much slower than a normal asteroid and suggest that it could be man-made space junk.

A NASA scientist has speculated that it may be a discarded part of the Surveyor 2 Center rocket launched in 1966.

Tony Dunn, an astronomer, told Dailymail.com: ‘Further observations will reveal its density. If it were as empty as a rocket booster, the pressure of solar radiation would significantly change its trajectory. ‘

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Astronomers have identified an object with a trajectory to Earth that could turn into a temporary minimoon.

Dailymail.com has contacted NASA for more information and has not yet received a response.

There were two minimons on record in the world – one in February 2020 and the other in 2006.

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Unlike the other two, the 2020 SO could not be confirmed as an asteroid, as some scientists believe it could be a space junk rushing towards Earth.

However, the 2020 SOK is classified as an Apollo asteroid in NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) small-body database, a class of asteroids whose paths cross Earth’s orbit.

Dubbed the 2020 SO, the entity has been in Earth-like orbit for more than a year and will be trapped in the gravitational pull of our planet starting in October and remaining until May 2021.

Dubbed the 2020 SO, the entity has been in Earth-like orbit for more than a year and will be trapped in the gravitational pull of our planet starting in October and remaining until May 2021.

However, some experts have noticed that it is moving much slower than a normal asteroid and suggest that it could be man-made space junk.  A NASA scientist has speculated that it may be a discarded part of the Surveyor 2 Center rocket launched in 1966.

However, some experts have noticed that it is moving much slower than a normal asteroid and suggest that it could be man-made space junk. A NASA scientist has speculated that it may be a discarded part of the Surveyor 2 Center rocket launched in 1966.

The NASA Center for Fire Earth Object Studies database shows that the object is between 12 and 46 feet long, matching the 1966 center’s features measuring 411..6 feet long.

Experts also point out that the speed of the 2020 SO is much lower than that of the Apollo asteroid.

Alice Gorman, a space archaeologist at Flinders University in Australia, told Science Alert: “The speed seems to be quite large.”

‘What I see is that it is moving very slowly, which reflects its initial velocity. That’s a big discount. “

Paul Chodas, along with the JPL, identified it with the Survey 2 Center rocket body, launched on September 20, 1966.

He wrote, ‘Very low Earth-facing velocity (even less for a 0.6 km / s lunar ejector, so it’s not likely to be a natural body or even a lunar ejector, possibly more space debris), he wrote.

In February (pictured) NASA announced that it had confirmed a new visitor to Earth's gravity.  The NASA-funded Catalina Sky survey discovered a temporarily captured asteroid, known as the 2020 CD3, which has been orbiting our planet for three years.

In February (pictured) NASA announced that it had confirmed a new visitor to Earth’s gravity. The NASA-funded Catalina Sky survey discovered a temporarily captured asteroid, known as the 2020 CD3, which has been orbiting our planet for three years.

An animation of the object in question shows that it is actually heading towards Earth and will stop when it arrives.

In December, the 2020 OS is expected to fly around Earth at about 31,000 miles and two months later, it will fly at 136,701 miles.

In February, NASA announced that it had confirmed new visitors to Earth’s gravity.

The NASA-funded Catalina Sky survey discovered a temporarily captured asteroid, known as the 2020 CD3, which has been orbiting our planet for three years.

Smaller cosmic objects were estimated to be about six to 12 feet in diameter and had surface brightness similar to those of C-type asteroids that are carbon-rich and very common.

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