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First images from DART’s ground-based telescope show impacts against asteroid Dimorphos

We’ve already told you: NASA’s Dart mission successfully achieved its first objective, which was to crash a spacecraft weighing about 500 kg against the asteroid Dimorphos, a ‘small’ moon of 160 meters—roughly Roman The size of the Colosseum—which orbits around Didymos, a large body, about 800 meters in diameter.

After a 10-month journey to this binary asteroid system and traveling at a speed of 22,500 kilometers per hour, DART made a perfect impression that we can see thanks to the Draco camera carried on the ship itself, which allows us to see some live images. Pleases with images and in the first person who will go down to the descent. As expected, the probe was destroyed, shattering against the jagged surface of Dimorphos’ rock and dust.,

However, hours later We are also able to see this feat through the images obtained by telescopes from Earth.which has allowed us to know the effect of the collision small star,

the pictures show that Didymos system lights up significantly at the moment of impact Significantly, more than 11 million kilometers away, a pair of asteroids looks like a single object-

“We saw in real time, with our own eyes, the effects of Dart colliding with its target asteroid Didymos, making it brighter and raising a giant cloud of debris”, he wrote from the Virtual Telescope Project based in Italy, which collaborated with the Klein Karoo Observatory in South Africa to track the maneuvers. “The target asteroid is visible in the lower right of each image and is clearly developing a cloud of dust, which is rapidly expanding in the east direction towards which the asteroid was moving,” the post states. . Astronomers estimate that the dust cloud was spreading at a speed of 2.9 kilometers per second.,

The moment of impact of Dart against Dimorphos.
Virtual Telescope Project

From Project Atlas, a Hawaii-based asteroid impact early warning system funded by NASAalso recorded the incident, posted on Twitter a time up quicker than Shows the large column produced by the impact moving in the direction of the binary asteroid system.,

Just like that, The South African Astronomical Observatory captured time up similar,

Scientists are now working to determine how the dart affected Dimorphos’ motion. And whether it triggered a possible change in its orbital path around Didymos, though the results could be weeks away. An important result would suggest that scientists have stumbled upon a possible way to deflect dangerous asteroids. Yes actually, Neither dimorphos nor didymos pose any danger For EarthNeither before nor after this experiment.

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