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Mini-moons are a unique space phenomenon that usually happen when an asteroid is caught by Earth’s gravitational pull and temporarily orbits the planet.
But an object which is on track to enter Earth’s orbit in November does not appear to be an asteroid, and it has astronomers baffled.
According to the director of NASA’s Center for Near Earth Object Studies, this ‘mini-moon’, which they have called asteroid 2020 SO, could be a lost booster rocket from the 60s… but that seems a really unlikely explanation, how could a man-made booster rocket travel through space only to return to Earth after more than 50 years later.
Could it be just by pure luck and chance that it is headed back to Earth, or is this something of e̳x̳t̳r̳a̳t̳e̳r̳r̳e̳s̳t̳r̳i̳a̳l̳ origins?