earth's second moon

Sun Kil Moon and Jesu // Wheat Bread 

Some good things come from Texas, like Daniel Johnston and the Butthole Surfers
But the best thing to come out of Texas is Jack Johnson, the boxer
No, not the surfer musician, I’m talking about the first black heavyweight champion
The turn-of-the-century fighter who had more balls than China has plates
More balls than me or you or anyone listening to this piece of music currently living in the United States
When he went to Australia he didn’t have the luxury of complaining that it took eighteen hours by flight
He didn’t even complain that by boat it took maybe sixty days and nights
He fought his rounds, came back with the heavyweight title
There’s a great book on him by Teresa Runstedler
And even an album dedicated to him by Miles Davis

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[TEXT, sent 10:13 AM] MOM DID YOU SEE


[TEXT, sent 10:17 AM] I mean technically it isn’t a moon it’s just an asteroid caught in the gravitatinoal field between us and the moon but

[TEXT, sent 10:17 AM] *gravitational


[text | donnie]: NO I DIDN’T SEE THAT
[text | donnie]: THAT’S SO COOL!!!
[text | donnie]: earth feels even more like home now haha
[text | donnie]: did i ever tell you capella had two moons? the tides were all kinds of fucked up
[text | donnie]: …don’t tell your father i said “fucked up”

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[TEXT, sent 10:13 AM] MOM DID YOU SEE


[TEXT, sent 10:17 AM] I mean technically it isn’t a moon it’s just an asteroid caught in the gravitatinoal field between us and the moon but

[TEXT, sent 10:17 AM] *gravitational



Does Earth Have A Second Moon?

Does the Earth really only have one moon? What else orbits our planet?


Ask Ethan: Does Earth Really Have A Second Moon?

“There are two different ways that a planet can have a natural satellite. The one you’re most familiar with – the path that the “old” Moon follows – occurs when an object is directly bound to its parent body. That means it has a certain speed and orbits at a certain distance from a planet to remain in direct orbit around it for an arbitrarily long time. It can’t be too far away or too elliptical in nature, or the tug from other worlds and objects in the Solar System will destroy or eject it over time. If we take a look at each one of the moons in the Solar System, they all have those characteristics.

But you don’t need to be directly bound to a planet in order to remain a natural satellite of it. Just as the planets are in stable orbits around the Sun, each orbital distance has its own stable or quasi-stable set of paths around it.”

Earlier this week, NASA announced the discovery of Asteroid 2016 HO3, calling it Earth’s second moon. And it turns out that this is an object in a stable orbit, the same distance from the Sun as the Earth, that can be found revolving around our world at a distance between 38 and 100 times the distance from us to the Moon. But that isn’t exactly the same as having a second Moon! In order to be considered not just a natural satellite but a stable one, you need to remain orbiting your parent world for a long period of time, not just tens, hundreds or thousands of years, like a transient quasi-satellite. Despite its current orbital characteristics, this object is much more akin to the multiple Trojan asteroids orbiting with our world than anything we’d consider moon-like.

Go get the full story on all of our so-called “second moons” on this week’s Ask Ethan!

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Captured Moons & Celestial Vagabonds

You’ve surely noticed that, although they do so at varying speeds, the planets all orbit around the Sun in the same direction. This is because they formed out of the same nebula at the same time.

Perhaps you’d have also noticed that most moons orbit their planets in the same direction - this is due to the same reason.

There’s a big one, however, that stands out. The vagabond Triton, moon of Neptune.

Triton orbits backwards. The best hypothesis for why is because it’s a  “captured moon”. During the chaotic early days of our solar system, there was plenty being tossed about by the great bouncer of the solar system, our youthful Jupiter (side note, Jupiter retains it’s tendency to alter orbits due to it’s gravity). Could something have tossed Triton from one part of our solar system out to Neptune?

Capturing a moon would’ve been more common in the early solar system, before things calmed down a bit. It does still happen though…

In 2006 the Earth captured a small, second moon. Named 2006 RH120, it was an asteroid that happened to get caught in Earth orbit. Due to either a failure to talk things out or simply an unstable attraction to one another, 2006 RH120 soon left for other real estate.

In general, however, our solar system maintains a pretty routine orbit, in all regards. Some asteroids and comets tend to have potential to drift into other orbits but for the most part things are secure.

This brings up the second interesting concept: rogue planets.

Just as our Jupiter throws things around that get too close to it, what if other solar systems had similarly ill-mannered giants? What if a smaller moon or planet crossed paths with it and got tossed into interstellar space?

Titan may in fact be a long lost exoplanet from a far off solar system. We’ve observed planets drifting through interstellar space before. They’re strangely lonely objects. It’s not quite the “natural” state of a planet to be without a star as they form in conjunction with each other but sometimes things like this happen.

How interesting would it be if another large planet drifted into our solar system and joined our little family just as 2006 RH120 joined Earth and Luna for a brief dance?