Moon's missing twin found after 22 years
According to a new study, 1998 VF31, the Moon's long lost twin, was detected behind Mars.
The 1998 VF31 meteorite, nearly 1000 meters wide, was first detected 22 years ago.
Scientists from the Armagh Observatory in Northern Ireland used the European Southern Observatory (ESO) and the Very Large Telescope to observe the meteorite.
New analysis revealed that the meteorite "strikingly resembled" the Moon.
A PIECE FROM THE MOON
The lead author of the study, Dr. Apostolos Christou believes this asteroid was a fragment that broke off from the Moon in a collision that occurred about 4 billion years ago when the solar system was formed.
HIDDEN BEHIND MARS
The meteorite, which has kept the mystery about its origin for years, is actually part of a group that lurks like itself. The celestial bodies in this group never go around Mars and always hide behind it, following the movement of the planet.
Scientists have yet to come across any other remains that have broken off from the Moon. However, researchers believe there may be other "lunar twins" yet to be discovered.