NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has been able to record an hour-by-hour encounter of Dimorphos hit by the 1,200-pound NASA spacecraft DART (Double Asteroid Redirection Test) on September 26, 2022.
The DART mission aims to test its ability to change the trajectory of Dimorphos as it orbits another asteroid, Didymos.
According to NASA, Didymos and Dimorphos will not harm the planet. However, the space agency is using information from this mission to prepare researchers about the threat of the asteroid path from Earth.
The time-lapse below shows the hour-by-hour changes during the disaster, where 1000 tons of dust and debris have been scattered across the area.
The real time visual image It’s amazing for NASA. “We’ve never seen anything collide with an asteroid in a binary asteroid system before in real time, and it’s really amazing. I think it’s exciting. There’s a lot going on here. It will take a long time to find out. , said Jian-Yang Li, who is leading one of the researches for the mission.
Besides the Hubble Telescope, the James Webb Space Telescope and the Lucy spacecraft also observed the DART effect.
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