Was it a burned-out rocket booster, tumbling alongside a peculiar near-earth orbit around the solar, and solely often getting shut sufficient to be studied with even the largest telescopes?

Not in any respect, as it seems. While, primarily based on earlier observations, most astronomers had strongly suspected that object 2016 HO3 was an peculiar asteroid and never area junk, it took a staff of astronomers led by Vishnu Reddy, assistant professor at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory, University of Arizona, working with one in all the world’s largest telescopes, the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT), on Mt. Graham in Southeastern Arizona, to study the true nature of this near-Earth object.

The astronomers are satisfied that 2016 HO3 is a small near-Earth object (NEO) measuring not more than 100 meters (330 toes) throughout that, whereas orbiting the Sun, additionally seems to circle around the Earth as a “quasi-satellite.”

Although the provenance of the object is unknown it appears on timescales of a few centuries, this “quasi-satellite” (Black Knight Satellite?) stays inside 38-100 lunar distances from us.