Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Jupiter occasionally flirts with extra moon, could earth?

In 1949, Jupiter pulled a comet into its orbit, making it a moon, until it escaped in 1961, becoming a comet again. (National Geographic) More recently (1994), Jupiter pulled comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 into its system, until it was actually sucked into the planet and disintegrated.

Could the Earth pull in an extra moon? Nah. “It's doubtful that our own planet would have the gravitational pulling power to add a temporary satellite,” reads the National Geographic report.

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I started pound360 to channel my obsession with vitamins, running and the five senses. Eventually, I got bored focusing on all that stuff, so I came back from a one month hiatus in May of 2007 (one year after launching Pound360) and broadened my mumblings here to include all science.