Earth's Second Moon
A 3-mile-wide Trojan asteroid named Cruithne has become Earth's second moon. It completes an eccentric horseshoe orbit every 770 years and will continue to do so for at least another 5,000 years. Cruithne is unlikely to be the first or last asteroid captured in this way but a team from Queen Mary and Westfield University in London say that it is "almost impossible" for asteroids in such orbits to hit us.
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"Cruithne" ("Cruidne") has seven sons "for whom the Pictish race and the seven principal divisions of Pictish territory were said to be named."
"Cruithne is given only a father in the Colbertine MS (Cruidne filius Cinge), but in the Irish version of the "Historia Britonum" he is given the following pedigree, tracing all the way back to the Biblical Noah: Cruithne mic Cinge mic Luchtain mic Parrthalan mic Agnoinn mic Buain mic Mais mic Fathecht mic Jafeth mic Noe."
Pict: a member of a possibly non-Celtic
people who once occupied Great Britain, carried on continual border wars with the Romans,
and about the ninth century became amalgamated with
CRUITHNE, CRUITHNICH, men of the grain, confers exactly
with the Celtic "Breatan," a Briton or Pict. Some have said that the original
bearer of this name had seven eponymous children who divided Alba (Scotland) among
themselves, thus naming the ancient provinces: Cet (Marr and Buchan); Fiobh (Fife); Cirech
(Angus and Mearns); Cat(Caithness); Folta (Atholl); Moireabh