According to a new study by scientists at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium (AOP) in Northern Ireland, a piece of the moon could be orbiting Mars, announced the Guardian on 4 November.
Observations by AOP astronomers, published in the journal Icarus, reveal that the asteroid (101429) 1998 VF31 Orbiting Mars Has Spectrographic Reading, i.e. a chemical signature, extraordinarily similar to that of the Moon.
They thus suggest that it could come from a burst of the moon dating back to the prehistoric times of the solar system.. After being ejected after an orbit collision, they suspect that (101429) 1998 VF31 was stopped in its course when trapped by the gravitational force of Mars.
The study does not rule out the possibility that the asteroid is instead a fragment of Martian rock or an asteroid that just happens to be very similar in composition to the Moon., but its chemical resemblance to our satellite is too disturbing to ignore. Not to mention that our solar system's turbulent past makes it very possible that the Moon fragmented after being hit in a collision - isn't it riddled with craters?
"The solar system in its early days was very different from what we know today", said astronomer Apostolos Christou. "The space between the newly formed planets was full of debris and collisions were common.. Large asteroids were constantly hitting the Moon and other planets. »We are very happy that this era is behind us.
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