And we speak in the plural because we know that it is something that happens; although a mini-moon has been discovered in history. And in fact; According to new research, these natural satellites could greatly help scientific studies … and even help for commercial reasons. And that's how everything sounds nice; the big problem is that finding them is not easy; is exactly why it has not been done before, except once.
The first detected miniemaan on earth
His name is 2006 RH120; and the size is … 2 or 3 meters long. Aww. Every 20 years it enters the earth's orbit for a short period of time and then it will continue to circle the sun. As you will see; we are talking about an extremely small object compared to the immensity of space.
The small RH120 of 2006 was discovered only 2 years ago by the astronomers of the Catalina Sky Survey. That is to say, the technology that allowed it is relatively recent, says Informe 21.
But why is it so important to find more mini-moons? Well, because according to a recent study; these can greatly help to better understand how asteroids are formed; the dynamic that exists between the earth and the moon (yes, the big one) and many other things.
But everything is not lost
Happy; science and technology are progressing by leaps and bounds; so rather than you think that humanity could have a tool to find TCO & # 39; s (objects that are temporarily orbiting the earth).
This is the large telescope for synoptic traces; and they do not build it any more or less than in Chile. This telescope will facilitate the detection of temporary natural satellites; however small they may be.
But, by itself; How can mini-moons help terrestrial science? The study enumerates four ways:
1) Development and testing of planetary defense technologies (for example bypassing an asteroid)
2) Validating and improving the orientation algorithms; navigation and approach control.
3) Test procedures and proximity protocols for the safe operation of manned missions around the asteroids.
4) Determine the feasibility of asteroid mining technologies for future commercial applications; in an environment in which the light delay of the round trip takes a few seconds.
So many things will change in the scientific field when the Big Telescope that is being built in northern Chile is finished.