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Watch DART smash into asteroid today

At 7:14 pm (Eastern) the NASA’s Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) spacecraft will crash into the small and harmless asteroid Dimorphus to see if such an impact could be used in the future to change the path of another asteroid aimed at Earth.

Dimorphus is 525 feet in diameter, and is a small moon of the larger half-mile-wide asteroid Didymos. Both are presently about 7 million miles away from Earth.

I have embedded the live streams below, one from a DART camera, dubbed DRACO, that will view the asteroid as the spacecraft approaches, and the other from NASA’s official live stream. From the DRACO live stream webpage:

The stream you’re watching is a real-time feed from the DART spacecraft enabled through the DRACO camera sending one image per second to Earth. In the hours before impact, the screen will appear mostly black, with a single point of light. That point is the binary asteroid system Didymos which is made up of a larger asteroid named Didymos and a smaller asteroid that orbits around it called Dimorphos. As the 7:14 p.m. EDT (23:14 UTC) impact of asteroid Dimorphos nears closer, the point of light will get bigger and eventually detailed asteroids will be visible.

At 7:14 p.m., the DART spacecraft is slated to intentionally crash into asteroid Dimorphos. This stream will be delayed due to the time it takes the images to arrive at Earth, plus additional time for feeding the images to various platforms…. After impact, the feed will turn black – due to a loss of signal. After about 2 minutes, this stream will turn into a replay – showing the final moments leading up to impact. That replay file will also become available on NASA websites and social media accounts.

NASA’s official feed will provide more up-to-date info. It will also likely be filled with a lot of NASA propaganda leading up to the impact. Be prepared to cringe a few times as its announcers wax eloquent about NASA and its wonderful achievements (some true, some incredibly wild exaggerations).

A second Italian-built smallsat that was launched with DART, LICIACube Explorer, has two more cameras that will capture the impact, its plume, and the asteroid’s far side. Its images however will not be available until later in the week.

DRACO live feed, beginning around 2:30 pm (Eastern):

NASA’s official live feed, beginning around 3:00 pm (Eastern):

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One comment

  • BtB’s Original Mark

    #Dart has made History!
    Bravo Zulu #NASA.
    A huge win for Planetary Defense & in the next weeks we’ll evaluate the results of the impact.

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