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Researchers revealed that a slow-moving object of unknown origin had just completed a close flight from our planet, before returning to Solar System
As the mysterious space material is expected to return in March, and it was “Miniature moon
“The strange (Minimoon) – officially called 2020 SO – has been the subject of speculation since its discovery by the Pan-STARRS survey on September 17. It was classified as an asteroid, but scientists so far do not have a sufficient understanding of what the object is, and some have speculated that it is part of an old missile. Whatever that was, the diameter of a space object is between five to ten meters, and it exceeds our planet at a distance of less than 50,000 kilometers, or only 13% of the distance to the moon, within the reach of our planet’s gravity, which means that it will return again within a few months.
The mystery surrounding the origins of the object stems from how it traveled, moving at a much slower speed than the vast majority of asteroids, which typically skip between 11 and 72 kilometers per second, and planetary defense scientists encounter them through telescopes and detection systems. Meanwhile, the 2020 SO travels at 0.6 Only kilometers per second, as many in the scientific community believe that it is a remnant of the Surveyor 2 spacecraft, to the moon in 1966, and in this regard the virtual telescope project said: “We are not sure that it is an asteroid (any natural object), as it could be Missile support for NASA’s Surveyor 2 mission, dating back to 1966. ”
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