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A Fireball Over Australia Might Be An Uncommon “Minimoon”

During 2016, a fireball blew up over Australia. The scientists thought that they had been mistaken for another space object. However, there were some pictures clicked by the Desert Fireball Network that showed that the fireball was no usual exploding space object but an unusual “minimoon.” The rapidity data demonstrated that the space rock has almost certainly been in orbit close by our planet prior to bumping into its burning end. Such an object is known as a minimoon or a briefly seized orbiter. As per a supercomputer simulation circulated in 2012, counting 10 Million virtual asteroids almost 18,000 were caught in the Earth’s orbit.

There had been other discoveries of fleeting moons close by other planets, for example, Jupiter. On Earth, such events are very exceptional. The Desert Fireball Network owns six cameras crossing over hundreds of kilometers in the Australian desert, monitoring things in detail. The scientists from Curtin University in Australia calculated the object’s trajectory and speed, which was assessed to be almost vertical. That rate showed that the space object had been revolving around the Earth. On the estimations by researchers, there are chances of 95% that the space rock was a momentarily caught orbiter. The research team stated, “We discovered that the apparent capture time, capture semimajor axis, capture velocity, capture mechanism, and capture near-Earth object group all differ annually, with most captures taking place during the Earth’s perihelion or aphelion.”

Speaking of the supercomputer simulation, recently NASA simulated the clouds on Mars by utilizing a supercomputer. We usually think of Mars of being a dry desert planet, as there is some small quantity of water on the red planet, existing as vapor in the atmosphere. Just like the Earth, Mars even has its own water cycle, with the water level rising in the atmosphere and producing subtle wispy clouds. Curiosity rover of NASA has clicked pictures of clouds rolling through the Martian sky, appearing extraordinarily similar to what that on the Earth.

Shana Moorer
Shana Moorer Author
CONTENT WRITER At Industry News Daily

After completion of BA Astronomy, Shana thought of shifting her interest towards content writing owing to her hobby of writing down factual stories. The writer’s education has only helped know more about the space and planets, and express them through her articles. Her experience in the current field is immense as well as a plus point for the Industry News Daily publication. The author’s massive amount of articles is a mirror of her dedication

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