According to a new study, part of the Earth’s Moon may be orbiting Mars.
There is an asteroid in Mars’s eccentric orbit called (101429) 1998 VF31, which scientists at the Armagh Observatory and the Planetarium (AOP) in Northern Ireland now have determined to have optical readings. Spectra are surprisingly similar to the Moon, according to a press release. After being blown away by an ancient orbit crash, they suspect 101429 has been trapped by Mars’ gravity.
The Ancestor Report
Research by the AOP team, published in the journal Icarus, which found that the chemical markers of asteroid 101429 are extremely similar to our Moon, suggesting that it was disassembled during the prehistoric solar system.
“The spectrum of this particular asteroid is almost a death sign for parts of the Moon, where foundations are exposed like craters and mountains,”; said AOP researcher Galin Borizov.
Research does not rule out the possibility that this asteroid is actually a piece of Mars rock or a Moon-like asteroid, but its similarity with our moon is difficult to ignore. And the turbulent past of the solar system makes our Moon fragmented after a strong impact.
“The early Solar System was very different from where we see it today,” said AOP astronomer Apostolos Christou. “The space between newly formed planets is filled with debris and collisions is normal. The large asteroids have consistently crashed into the Moon and other planets.
READ MORE: AOP scientists discover Mars as the shepherd for our long-lost twin brother. [Armagh Observatory and Planetarium]
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