February 3rd, 2010

meteor

Astro-Porn of the Day: When Asteroids Collide.

Holy worlds-colliding, Batman! The Hubble captured this amazing photo of two asteroids annihiliating one another:


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NASA's description: "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 before been seen."

Cool beans!
Chris