Hubble captures aftermath of asteroid collision

This video shows the relative positions of Earth and asteroid P/2010 A2 in early 2010. As their different orbits draw them further apart, the images taken by Hubble get progressively smaller. The asteroid’s unusual X-shaped debris trail is thought to be due to a recent impact with a smaller object.


NASA, ESA and D. Jewitt (UCLA)

About the Video

Release date:13 October 2010, 19:00
Related releases:heic1016
Duration:41 s
Frame rate:30 fps

About the Object

Name:P/2010 A2 (LINEAR)
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Solar System



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