posted on Apr, 27 2012 @ 02:31 AM
Hi, I was in this topic a few days ago reading through replies, but I don't think a conclusion was reached, no? This is the first time coming back
(I'm such a lurker), but I came back for a specific reason: I may have an explanation.
New Scientist article
I'm not sure how familiar most are with New Scientist and their articles, but the link above is what I will be referencing. Fairly sure you have to
sign up to view this particular article with a free account (not all articles require log-in; I think this is to keep specific data out of their
registered users on how many inquired into the article, regarding their more interesting, longer pieces), so if you don't have an account made, you
won't be able to view it.
The article titled "Rich Seam's of Earth's Secret Moons" states that:
Right now, a mini-moon is probably orbiting our planet. It could reveal the history of the solar system – and make some people very rich.
It goes on with a minor update about that new company that unveiled their asteroid mining plans for the near future. Furthermore, it states that:
Computer models of asteroid orbits are showing that small space rocks a few metres across can lodge in Earth's gravitational field if they stray too
close. Only a tiny fraction of them break up and hit our planet. Most orbit unseen for months or years, somewhere beyond the moon, before slipping
safely and silently back into deep space. But while they remain close, they are mini-moons of Earth. Not only are they turning out to be more common
than anyone thought, they could play a vital role in unravelling our solar system's secrets.
Granvik's model predicts that most captured objects drift off again, spending on average just 9 months in orbit. Perhaps the biggest surprise,
however, is that such temporary mini-moons are common. "There is probably one up there right now," says Granvik.
Now these are asteroids only a few meters across that they are tracking and proposing as mini-moons of Earth, but near the end of the article the
is brought up. This one is much bigger than a few meters across. I guess what
I am proposing, or at least entertaining, is that object in your photo could be an asteroid in temporary orbit with us.
Cruithne is not tied to our gravitational pull, but to our sun's. I'm proposing we may have picked up a new neighbor. Pure speculation on my part,
but I found it interesting to even hear that we have mini-moons orbiting us from time to time, as small as they are.
Again, pure speculation, but thought I would throw this into the mix.