We Might Have a New Mini-Moon Soon

A view of object 2020 SO's orbit, currently near to lock step with Earth. Screenshot from JPL's Small Body Database.

Is it a new asteroid mini–moon or a human-made mini-moon? That’s the question about a small object approaching Earth, called 2020 SO. NASA’s Small Body Database predicts the object will captured by Earth’s gravity in October 2020 and temporarily be trapped in orbit.

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