Space

A Detailed View of the DART Impact captured by Webb and Hubble.

By Aazam

The Hubble Space Telescope and the James Webb Space Telescope, two of NASA's finest observatories, have caught images of a novel NASA experiment

developed specifically to crash a spacecraft into a tiny asteroid

The first time Webb and Hubble have seen the same celestial object concurrently was during these observations from NASA's Dual Asteroid Redirect Test (DART)

DART purposefully collided with Dimorphous, the asteroid moon in Didymos' double-asteroid system, on July 26th, 2022 at 7:14 p.m. EDT

A further 15 minutes later, images from Hubble's Wide Field Camera 3 display the effect in visible light on the surface of DART's dimorphism

The boulder-shaped, fanning-out spike of the ejecta is to the asteroid's left, roughly where DART came from

Over the following three weeks, Hubble intends to check in on the Didymos-Dimorphous system ten more times

Dimorphous was used by Hubble to take 45 pictures right before and after the dart hit

As part of the Cycle 29 General Observer Program 16674, Hubble data was gathered

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