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Kamoʻoalewa: What the strange “mini moon” near Earth looks like and why it looks like a mystery

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For years, scientists have been wondering what the origin of the asteroid Kamo`oalewa is.

It was discovered in 2016 and astronomers know it has a relatively close orbit to Earth, but nothing else.

However, new research has added new clues to its mysterious appearance: it may be A piece of ours Own Luna.

Benjamin Sharkey, an astronomer at the University of Arizona and lead author of a new study released today, said: “It does not look like we’re expecting a normal asteroid. Natural.