NASA's DART space probe "turned" an asteroid into a comet with a tail 10,000 km long

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and other astronomers

organizations continue to share the results of a test of the Earth's planetary defense system, which was tested almost two weeks ago.

What is known

At the end of September, the kamikaze probe Double AsteroidThe Rendezvous Test (DART) collided with the asteroid Dimorphos to shift its orbit. As a result of the impact, the asteroid began to resemble a comet. This was reported by American astronomers.

Specialists with the help of Southern AstrophysicalThe Research Telescope was able to capture the plume of debris that formed after the asteroid collided with the DART probe. Thanks to the Goodman High Throughput Spectrograph, it was possible to determine that the length of the tail is approximately 10,000 km.

Astronomers will continue to observe the asteroid. Scientists want to know the nature of the surface of the cosmic body and plan to determine how much matter was ejected as a result of the collision of Dimorph with DART.