Earth has not just one moon, it has three The existence of the two extra 'moons was hotly debated for…
Earth has not just one moon, it has three The existence of the two extra ‘moons was hotly debated for over 50 years but as per a recent National Geographic report, Hungarian astronomers and physicists have finally provided enough data to confirm that our moon has at least two other companions – made entirely of dust.
The team of researchers confirmed their presence through photographs of the nature
The finding was published in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.
The Kordylewski clouds are always changing. They might be stable in orbit and may have existed for millions of years, but the ingredients that make the clouds – the dust particles – are always getting swapped for others.
Some escape to gravitational pulls from Earth or The moon, while others come from interplanetary spaces and meteor showers
Speculations about Earth having multiple moons have taken turns in astronomers circles for years.
Lagrange points (source: NASA)
Lagrange points are sweet spots in a planetary orbit where the pull of gravity working from two opposing celestial bodies is balanced due to the centripetal force of their orbits.
Thus, an object at a lagrange point will remain fixed at a constant distance from both the moon and the Earth.
In the 1950s, Kordylewski searched two lagrange points – L4 and L5 – where he found the first glimpse of the two dust clouds orbiting Earth.
These huge clouds
Sometimes, satellites need to be parked at the Lagrange points so that the spacecraft consumes minimal fuel and can still stay in orbit.
Sometimes, satellites need to be parked at the Lagrange points. The James Webb Space Telescope
Additionally, space agencies are also planning to use Lagrange points as transfer stations for Mars missions.
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