Have you ever wondered if we truly are alone in the universe? Although aliens can’t be confirmed just yet, we now know that our moon has some new companions. Scientists have just confirmed the existence of two “dust moons” that are orbiting our planet.
A team of Hungarian astronomers and physicists have officially confirmed the strange clouds of dust that can be found around 400,000 kilometers from Earth. The two satellites were only recently photographed although they have already been spotted back in the 1960s.
The binary suns of the planet Tatooine in ‘Star Wars’.
The dust moons are named after Polish astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski who was first to discover their existence in 1961. Although Kordylewski pointed out the clouds, their existence remained controversial. That is until researchers Judit Slíz-Balogh and Gábor Horváth of Eötvös Loránd University photographed the moons.
The Kordylewski clouds are out there, but they are hard to find. Although they are around nine times wider than earth, they have microscopic component particles. This makes them difficult to see amidst all the other bright bodies in space.
According to scientists, the clouds were formed because of particles in space being trapped in the Lagrangian points between Earth and the moon. The dust satellites were photographed near the L5 point.
The Kordylewski clouds were finally photographed.
Slíz-Balogh is clearly thrilled with the discovery. The scientists spoke about the dust moons with reverence.
“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 neighbor.”
The scientists are hoping to learn more about the dust moons in the near future. They are hopeful that the clouds will eventually become more visible in the sky soon.
NASA Fires Back at Moon Landing Conspiracy Theories with One Solid Promise
Will this shut down conspiracy theories once and for all?
“That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” declared astronaut Neil Armstrong during that historic day when man finally made it to the moon. The date was July 20, 1969 and it has since been considered one of the world’s most spectacular feats when it comes to space exploration.
Fast forward to the present day, however, there are still some people who are doubting its reality. Numerous critics on the internet say everything was fake. Conspiracy theories vary from one another and some go as far as claiming the landing was filmed at a studio by acclaimed Hollywood director Stanley Kubrick.
Now a new film has been made entitled First Man, starring Ryan Gosling, telling the story of Neil Armstrong.
Recycling Isn’t The Real Solution To Plastic Pollution, According To Experts
Apparently, everything we’ve learned about plastic recycling is wrong!
Plastic pollution has become a worsening problem across the world and it has badly affected both humans and the wildlife. For many years, we’ve all been taught about how recycling can help prevent it.
Experts, however, are claiming otherwise these days. In fact, a recent Independent feature has gone as far as pointing out that recycling “is not a solution” to the plastic problem but “an easy cop-out for cowardly governments, greedy corporations and lazy consumers to hide behind.”
Plastic recycling isn't doing a lot of good, according to experts.
Female Astronaut Takes Selfie In Space While Wearing ‘Star Trek’ Uniform
“‘There’s coffee in that nebula’ … ehm, I mean… in that #Dragon,” she wrote in the caption.
This female astronaut has definitely boldly gone where no Star Trek fan has ever gone before! We are, of course, talking about Samantha Cristoforetti, a European astronaut and a certified Trekkie, who rocked a Star Trek uniform and took a selfie while she was in space.
According to reports, the photograph was taken while Cristoforetti was aboard the International Space Station. She later posted the image on her Twitter and it went viral from there.