Quasi-satellite of Earth has Lunar-like Material

Kamo’oalewa, a 50-meter diameter quasi-satellite of Earth, shares spectroscopic similarities with a lunar sample collected by Apollo 14.

Beth Johnson
2 min readNov 30, 2021

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IMAGE: Artistic representation of Kamo`oalewa as an impact ejecta from the lunar surface, one of the hypotheses proposed to explain the origin of this asteroid. CREDIT: Juan A. Sanchez/PSI

One of the weird fallacies of our knowledge of the solar system is the idea that the Earth only has one moon. Wait, what? No, it’s true. The Earth has…

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Beth Johnson

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