Posts Tagged ‘Space’

NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has observed a mysterious X-shaped debris pattern and trailing streamers of dust that suggest a head-on collision between two asteroids. Astronomers have long thought the asteroid belt is being ground down through collisions, but such a smashup has never been seen before.

Asteroid collisions are energetic, with an average impact speed of more than 11,000 miles per hour, or five times faster than a rifle bullet. The comet-like object imaged by Hubble, called P/2010 A2, was first discovered by the Lincoln Near-Earth Asteroid Research, or LINEAR, program sky survey on Jan. 6. New Hubble images taken on Jan. 25 and 29 show a complex X-pattern of filamentary structures near the nucleus. [NASA]

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I’ve been following the NASA astronauts who recently started tweeting from the International Space Station a little over a week ago and it’s amongst the best things to follow on Twitter these days. ¬†They constantly give interesting updates and best of all, they send pics via Twitpic. ¬†Here are some great shots they have taken so far and uploaded on their accounts.

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MOUNT FUJI IN JAPAN TAKEN FROM THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

THE GOLDEN GATE BRIDGE IN SAN FRANCISCO