The DART hit its mark! At 4:14 p.m. Monday, the Double Asteroid Redirection Take a look at spacecraft efficiently collided with the small asteroid Dimorphos that’s orbiting the bigger asteroid Didymos.
It was a take a look at of nudging an asteroid, which is a way we could have to do sooner or later with another asteroid on a collision course with Earth. Though there isn’t a identified asteroid bigger than 140 meters throughout heading our approach within the subsequent 100 years, we have not found the entire Doubtlessly Hazardous Asteroids (PHAs) but.
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Contributing columnist Nick Strobel is director of the William M. Thomas Planetarium at Bakersfield School and creator of the award-winning web site AstronomyNotes.com.