The Near-Earth Asteroid May Be Fragment Of The Moon

American astronomers analyzed the data on Asteroid Kamalueva – a permanent quasipotnik of the Earth – and concluded that he could be a fragment of the moon.
The near-earth asteroid may be fragment of the moon / © Getty Images

Quasispatnikov actually rotate around the Sun, but still remain relatively close to Earth. Asteroid Kamalueva found on April 27, 2016. According to some estimates, he became a quasispotnik of the Earth about 100 years ago and will remain such another hundred.

Kamalueva is maximally distinguished from the Earth 100 distances between the planet and the moon, and the minimum – by 38 distances. Its size – from 45 to 58 meters in diameter. About such bodies little is known, since, firstly, they are very small, and secondly, they have an elongated orbit.

Because of this feature, Kamalyev orbits can be observed from the ground only for several weeks every April and only in the most powerful telescopes, since the light from Kamalueva is about four million times weaker than the weakest star.

Scientists from the University of Arizona conducted observations with the help of a large binocular telescope on Mount Graham in South Arizona and published their research in the magazine Nature Communications Earth and Environment.

They found out that the picture of the reflected light Kamalheva corresponds to the lunar breeds brought to the Earth. However, other known asteroids of lunar origin does not exist, so further research is needed for final conclusions.

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