NASA Astronomy Picture of the Day 9 March 2023: Asteroid Dimorphos shot after CRASH

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a fascinating snapshot of the Asteroid Dimorphos seconds before NASA’s DART spacecraft smashed into it.

Hollywood has depicted the apocalypse, with movies such as Deep Impact, Armageddon, and Don't Look Up exploring the hypothetical scenarios of global annihilation through the collision of asteroids with Earth.

NASA has already provided an answer for those who have wondered about the consequences of an asteroid on a collision course with Earth.

Last year, NASA carried out its first ever planetary defense test by smashing a spacecraft into an approaching asteroid with the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) to alter its course.

NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day is a thrilling picture of the Dimorphos asteroid, captured just 3 seconds before the collision. It was a $330 million venture which proved to be a success as the target asteroid named Dimorphos deflected off its path.

While this asteroid in no way threatened Earth, this was an experiment to gain greater knowledge as to what happens when a craft is crashed against a space rock. This knowledge will be used if an actual asteroid threatens to crash against the Earth.

NASA's first planetary defense attempt was captured through cameras of a small companion satellite which was ejected from the DART spacecraft and followed it, 3 minutes behind, to the target asteroid Dimorphos.