Researchers at NASA contend that they have just seen an Asteroid Collision. Astronomers believe that they have witnessed a collision between two asteroids and it could result in the birth of new planets. The event was witnessed by NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope which captured the rare occurrence.
NASA scientists were closely following the NGC 2547-ID8 star. In between August 2012 and January 2013, there was a sudden surge of fresh dust. The scientists feel that this dust surge could be possible only after a collision between two asteroids. The collision of the two clouds created a massive cloud which has been made up of grains if very fine sand.
The fine grains are now smashing against one another and getting pulverized before slowly leaking away from the star. NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope which captured the rare occurrence, the outcome of suspected collisions. This is for the first time that scientists have data on the event, both before and after it happened.
The focus of the study is a star which is situated 1,200 light years away from Earth. The astronomers had recorded different events in different time showing varying amounts of dust around the star. The differing amounts of dust hints that the star has been into a collision before. Scientists have focused their telescopes towards the star in hope that they will be able to witness an even bigger impact.
The only hitch in the perfect picture was the Spitzer which had to be momentarily turned away from the star because it was blocked by the sun. Five months later it was once again focused on the star and the team discovered what were to be the remnants of the collision. They have been studying how it has been changing as the cloud of dust moves away from the star.
A thick cloud of dust is orbiting the star and scientists have been studying the variations in the infrared signal from that cloud.