Brilliant flash and fragment plume: First images of the impact of the DART impact on the asteroid have been obtained

Brilliant flash and fragment plume: First images of the impact of the DART impact on the asteroid ha

NASA and a number of Earth's observatorys published the first images taken at the time of the NASA DART impact on the asteroid Dimorph.

The impact was recorded on the Earth on 27 September at 2:14 ms. More interesting data came from the LICIAcube cube, which separated itself from the DART probe on 11 September and followed it some distance. On board the cube there are two cameras, one with a wide view and the other with a narrow field of view. The machine should record both the amount of debris that was thrown into the asteroid and try to take a picture of the impact crater that was formed.

The LICIACube images show a bright flash at the time of DART's collision with the asteroid and the cloud of the debris that it raised. The DART probe itself could not have recorded much in the video, although it was close enough to transmit images of 16-metre-long boulders on the surface of Dimorph. The speed at which it approached the asteroid reached 22530 km/h, which did not give rise to many images as it approached the fatal finale.

The robotic observatory Terrestrial-impact Last Alert System for observation of potentially hazardous asteroids near Earth presented an animated image of the moment of DART impact on the asteroid and a subsequent fragmentation of debris.

The impact and subsequent changes in the luminance of the asteroid Dimorph recorded the M.V.K.K.R. robotic observatory. The data collected with the help of the ISON-Kitab observatory in Uzbekistan suggest a 7.5-fold increase in the luminance of the asteroid.

New and more interesting images of this event, which will remain in Earth's history as the first experimental attempt to reflect a threat from space, can be expected soon, with the James Webb and Hubble Space Telescopes saying their word.

Remember, the Dimorph asteroid, about 160 m in cross-section and its larger pair, Didim, did not pose any threat to the Earth. The system was chosen to test the concept of kinetic effects on the celestial body in order to change its trajectory to a safe path. The DART probe impact on the asteroid should result in a noticeable change of orbit from the Earth to the Dimorph orbit around Didim. The impact has been performed and remains to assess its impact.