• search

It's confirmed! Earth has not just one but two extra 'moons' made entirely of dust

Subscribe to Oneindia News
For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS
For Daily Alerts

    Washington, Nov 7: Hungarian astronomers and physicists have finally provided enough data to confirm that our moon has at least two other companions -- made entirely of dust.

    Its official, Earth has not just one but three moons

    Earth has two so-called "dust moons", researchers say, after their study confirmed the presence of astronomical clouds orbiting our planet.

    They were found about 400,000 kilometres from Earth by Hungarian researchers, and are extremely faint, which previously gave rise to scepticism about their existence.

    The clouds were first reported by Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski in 1961, who made the discovery while investigating two points in the Earth-Moon system where two gravitational forces interact in a way that stabilises the position of objects, known as a Lagrange point.

    The recent study revealing the existence of the two dust 'moons' used special polarizing filters on cameras to reveal the scattered light coming from the reflection of the individual dust particles in the clouds

    For Breaking News from Oneindia
    Get instant news updates throughout the day.

    X
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more