Scientists Reveal Two “Hidden Moons” Are Orbiting Earth

Scientists Reveal Two "Hidden Moons" Are Orbiting Earth

Seriously, what is going on with the universe in 2018?

We’ve had blood moons, doomsday rocks, and even an “alien spacecraft,” and now, everything we know about our closest neighbor is wrong too (well, sort of).

It turns out the moon isn’t the only natural satelite orbiting Earth. In fact, scientists now say we have three moons, two of which aren’t visible to the majority of us on the planet.

Theories regarding these two secret moons have been around since the 1960s, when Polish Astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski asserted their existence.

Now, a team of physicists and astromers from Hungary have confirmed there are “two elusive clouds of dust” encircling “in semi-stable points” roughly 250,000 miles from the Earth’s surface.

These moons/dust clouds lie at “Language points,” where the planet’s gravatational pull keeps them in a stable orbit.

Publishing their research in Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society, the team even managed to capture images demonstrating light being scattered by the dust.

Astromoner Judit Slíz-Balogh, from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary, explained: “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.

“It is intriguing to confirm that our planet has dusty pseudo-satellites in orbit alongside our lunar neighbour.”

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Sophie Lloyd

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