Earth has two extra moons


#1

Surprised @Patrick didn’t post this already.

https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/science/2018/11/news-earth-moon-dust-clouds-satellites-planets-space


(S. Joshua Swamidass) #2

Glad you did! I encourage everyone to post the most interesting and relevant science here. @Patrick does a great job, but everyone is welcome to join in.


(Dr. Patrick Trischitta) #3

Thanks this is great. Great find.


(Retired Minister) #4

Amazing. The primary source is also worth a read, where I found this a nice summary of the methodology:

…we have investigated a three-dimensional four-body problem consisting of the Sun, Earth, Moon and one test particle, 1 860 000 times separately. We mapped the size and shape of the conglomerate of particles that have not escaped from the system sooner than an integration time of 3650 d around L5.

Of course, this is about the time that Ken Ham would interject with “Computer simulations are not science. They are nothing but sheer speculation aimed at confirming a preconceived agenda.” (Yeah. Oh, the irony!)


(Arthur Hunt) #5

Extra? We only need one, and these other two are in reserve? Backup?


(Neil Rickert) #6

Together with Russell’s teapot, that makes 3 extra moons :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:


#7

Don’t know, just copying the name of the article.


#8

Has Immanuel Velikovsky been vindicated?


#9

Just checked who he is, and by just glimpsing at his wikipedia page, I can say this:

It’ll take a miracle to vindicate him.


(Retired Minister) #10

I will be looking forward to the modifications astrologers make to their peer-reviewed horoscopes in accounting for these additional heavenly bodies.


(Dan Eastwood) #11

FYI