The moon shouldn't feel too jealous. Earth has another satellite right now, but it's only a temporary fling. The exact identity of the object, named 2020 SO, is still a lingering question, but you can watch it on Monday, Nov. 30, when it gets close to Earth. The Virtual Telescope Project will livestream the flyby.
The Earth's gravitational pull captured the object into our planet's orbit earlier this month, which makes 2020 SO a sort of mini-moon.
NASA's ill-fated Surveyor 2 lander ended up crashing on the moon's surface, but the Centaur rocket booster escaped into space.
NASA expects 2020 SO to stick around in an Earth orbit until March 2021 when it will wander off into a new orbit around the sun. The agency's Planetary Defense Coordination Office shared a visual of the object's journey around Earth.
The upcoming close approach should give astronomers a chance to dial in 2020 SO's composition and tell us if it is indeed a relic from the 1960s.
Even with a telescope view, 2020 SO should look like a bright spot of light traveling against the dark of space. The cool thing is getting the chance to witness a piece of space history returning to its old stomping grounds.