back to article There's a cling-on off the starboard bow... Small moon spotted orbiting asteroid NASA's Lucy will visit in 2027

A relatively small rock was spotted orbiting asteroid Eurybates this month by scientists using the Hubble Space Telescope. Luckily enough, that's the same asteroid NASA's Lucy probe is aiming to fly past and inspect in 2027, so boffins will be able to get a closer look at both. Eurybates is one of the Trojan asteroids, a cloud …

  1. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    That's no moon.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Well, the Death Star has to hide out somewhere.

  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    We have seen so little of our Universe

    Every time we have sent out a camera to snap pics of anything in our Solar System, we have always been surprised. Every. Single. Time.

    I'm betting that Eurybates and its moon are going to reveal things nobody is expecting, and I can't wait to find out what it will be.

    1. Muscleguy Silver badge

      Re: We have seen so little of our Universe

      Hopefully, clangers and the moon turns out to be the soup dragon.

      1. Twanky Silver badge

        Re: We have seen so little of our Universe

        Don't be daft. It's the Iron Chicken that is in orbit around the Clangers' planet.

  3. cbars Silver badge

    Actual trajectory

    Link in article is just the earlier El Reg article

    Breathtaking trajectory visualisations here:

    https://svs.gsfc.nasa.gov/cgi-bin/details.cgi?aid=4719

  4. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Ah, but will it

    Be carrying diamonds in the sky?

  5. Tom 7 Silver badge

    pointing the veteran space telescope toward the Sun would not be a good thing to do.

    Unless you have a serious space ant problem

  6. NanoMeter

    Star Trekkin' across the universe!

    1. Ugotta B. Kiddingme

      Always going forward 'cause we can't find reverse!

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