Hubble Sees Suspected Asteroid Collision

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids. Astronomers have long thought that the asteroid belt is being ground down through collisions, but such a smashup has never been seen before.

Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt
Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt

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