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The Hubble Space Telescope sees two ‘tails’ from the asteroid impact

The Hubble Space Telescope sees two ‘tails’ from the asteroid impact

A week or two after the NASA spacecraft hit the asteroid, scientists noticed something unexpected: The space rock had grown two tails.

Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission attacked a small an asteroid called Dimorphos on September 26 to test a potential protection technique Earth from an asteroid on a collision course with our planet. Within two days, the radiation pressure from the sun pushed the debris from the impact in the taillike a comet, about 10,000 kilometers long.





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