We might have more than a single moon, according to the latest expert confirmations reported by National Geographic.
The vast dust clouds that have been spotted for the very first time back in the 1960s have now been confirmed. This event could affect plans for future space exploration.
It seems that Earth’s moon could not be the only one. After over half a century of controversy and speculation, Hungarian astronomers and physicists claim that they have eventually confirmed the existence of two Earth-orbiting moons that are entirely made of dust.
The Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society explains that the team managed to capture snapshots of the mysterious clouds that have been lurking just 250,000 miles away which is about the same distance as our moon.
Researchers have previously inferred the presence of multiple companions to Earth, but the dust clouds have not really been seen until 1961 when Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski, got a glimpse.
Earth has dusty satellites
“The Kordylewski clouds are two of the toughest objects to find, and though they are as close to Earth as the moon, are largely overlooked by researchers in astronomy,” according to the study co-author Judit Slíz-Balogh, a Hungarian astronomer.
“It is intriguing to confirm that our planet has dusty pseudo-satellites in orbit alongside our lunar neighbor.”
These latest findings claim that each Kordylewski cloud is about 15 by 10 degrees wide, or equal to 30 by 20 lunar disks in the night sky.
In other words, this is an area in space about 65,000 by 45,000 miles in actual size—nearly nine times wider than Earth.
The clouds are enormous, but the particles from which they’re made are estimated to be only a micrometer across. The sunlight makes them glow more.
These satellite clouds have been hidden in the darkness because they’re really faint otherwise, but using special filters on their cameras experts were able to spot them.
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