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Fireball in Arizona: it was a "mini-moon"

Small space debris that orbit the earth

A fireball was spotted in the Australian sky, but it was actually a "mini-moon" that had lost its orbit. This type of space rock is captured by Earth's gravity for a short time. First identified by the Australian Desert Fireball Network in 2016, astronomers at the time thought they were dealing with a normal meteor. Actually DN160822_03, this is its scientific name, made a complete turn around...

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AVIONEWS - World Aeronautical Press Agency