When asteroids collide

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May 4 2011 2:00 PM

When asteroids collide

In honor of Star Wars Day (May the Fourth be with you)...

I've been running around a lot the past week, and a few stories I wanted to write about slipped past me. One in particular was about an asteroid collision in the main belt between Mars and Jupiter; it was observed by the orbiting telescopes Swift and Hubble. All the more aggravating, I spent years working with both observatories (research with Hubble, and educational outreach with Swift)! I really wanted to write about this. Plus, asteroid collisions are cool, and y'all should get a chance to hear about them.

Phil Plait Phil Plait

Phil Plait writes Slate’s Bad Astronomy blog and is an astronomer, public speaker, science evangelizer, and author of Death From the Skies!  

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Happily for me, the folks at NASA (specifically Scott Wiessinger who makes videos for the space agency) put together a good story about the collision in easy-to-digest video form:

Awesome. Now back to my regularly scheduled running around.



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