October 31, 2010 #102 - Search for a Lunar Satellite During the Eclipses of 1888 & 95

 I was reading the 1895 "Astrophysical Journal - Vol. II" and came across an article written by E.E. Barnard. The title was "On a Photographic Search for a Satellite of the Moon".  That is an intriguing thought, a satellite of a satellite. I have read that the earth has a few quasi-moons, 3753 Cruithne, 1998 UP1 and 2000 PH5, and we know that many Kuyper Belt objects and even asteroids have moons, but it had not occurred to me that Luna might have one.

In the present time frame the moons domain  has been minutely surveyed by optical, radar, and spacecraft, both manned and unmanned. Data, probably amounting to many hundreds of terabytes and being collected at a prodigious rate by multiple nations in on going programs, has failed to find a satellite of Luna. But, in the late 1800's scientists were theorizing and working to prove or disprove the hypothesis.

I have included three pertinent articles. The first is from the 1892, "American Illustrated - Vol. IX ". The second is E.E. Barnard's article and the third is a part of an article by F.R. Moulton, from a June 1899 "Popular Astronomy - Vol. VII". This is a calculation on the distance that a Lunar Satellite could survive in orbit based on the gravitational influences of other bodies.
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Clear Sky - Rich

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