Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Picture of a Collision Between Two Asteroids

You see it in almost every movie taking place in space, asteroids colliding with each other as a ship passes close by or as they hurtle toward earth. For all of our visualization of such an event, we have never actually seen a collision between two asteroids. That may have just changed. This image taken by the Hubble Space Telescope is thought to be such a collision.

Picture embedded below.

We did not witness the crash, but based on the debris tail an impact is likely what happened. Ok; we have still yet to actually witness and asteroid on asteroid collision, but this picture is pretty close.

1 comment:

  1. Looks like UFO, but I'd like to believe it's the product of the collisions of two asteroids. But I am amazed how there is so much movement up there. Beautiful!


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