Hubble captures aftermath of asteroid collision

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This video, based on a series of observations made by Hubble’s Wide Field Camera 3, clearly shows the slow evolution of the debris coming from asteroid P/2010 A2. When astronomers first spotted the unusual X shape, they assumed that they were observing the immediate aftermath of an impact. However, the slower than anticipated rate of change in the appearance of the debris suggests that the collision in fact took place a year earlier.

Credit:

NASA, ESA and D. Jewitt (UCLA)

About the Video

Id:heic1016a
Release date:13 October 2010, 19:00
Related releases:heic1016
Duration:08s

About the Object

Name:P/2010 A2 (LINEAR)
Type:• X - Solar System Images/Videos
• X - HD Videos

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