Asteroid that buzzed Earth recently had its own mini-moon

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Post by Ben Reilly on Tue Jan 27, 2015 5:26 pm



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1y7CYf4X3Lo

Radar images revealed an asteroid that passed by Earth this week has its own small moon.

Asteroid 2004 BL86 made its closest approach Monday morning at about 745,000 miles – more than three times the distance from Earth to the moon.

Scientists working with NASA’s Deep Space Network antenna released the first radar images of the 1,100-foot-wide asteroid — which is orbited by a 230-foot-wide moon.

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/01/watch-asteroid-that-buzzed-past-earth-has-its-own-freaking-moon/

That's not all! I trained my own custom telescope on the asteroid's moon and saw this orbiting it:

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