In a new paper published in Monthly announcements from the Royal Astronomical Society, researchers explain that they have confirmed the presence of two clouds of dust circulating around the Earth at about the same distance as our moon. The discovery is confirmation of work that stretches back decades to early 1960s when the clouds were first discovered.
The presence of dust pistols has been extremely difficult to prove because they are so weak. They are collections of extremely small particles stretched over a huge area that dwarves, even the earth itself, but they are definitely there.
These "moons", as some call them, are apparently not really the moons that you usually think about them. They are only large, thin clouds of dust that stuck in the ground of the earth. They are many times the size of the earth, but you can not see them with the naked eye because not enough light hits the small particles and finds the way to our planet.
The big plumes of space dust have been called the "Kordylewski Clouds", which is a node to the astronomer Kazimierz Kordylewski, the first person claiming they had actually seen them back in 1961. Even after that, the debuts were discovered but they have now been discovered with certainty and proves that the scientist, who died in 1981, corrected.
"The Kordylewski clouds are two of the toughest objects to find, and although they are as close to the earth as the moon, they are largely overlooked by astronomers," said Judit Slíz-Balogh, co-author of the new study, in a statement. "It's exciting to confirm that our planet has dusty pseudo satellites in circulation beside our lunar children."
The existence of the dustbodies does not mean much to you and me, but it sheds some light on the dynamics of the earth's orbit. The points where the dust is captured is called Larange Points, and researchers believe that places like these could be the most ideal places to place space stations or satellites for prolonged use.