Is 2020SO Space Junk or an Asteroid?


  2020 SO¬†is a tiny¬†near-Earth asteroid¬†or¬†artificial¬†object discovered by the¬†Pan-STARRS1¬†survey at the¬†¬†Haleakala Observatory¬†on September 17, 2020. It is currently approaching Earth and its nominal trajectory indicates that it will be¬†temporarily captured¬†by Earth by ¬†October 15, 2020. It will enter via the outer¬†Lagrange point¬†L2¬†and exit via Lagrange point¬†L1. During its¬†geocentric orbit¬†around Earth, 2020 SO will make a close approach to Earth around…

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