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Asteroid Bombardment

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The Hubble Space Telescope has contributed an immense amount to our knowledge and theories about planetary and star formation. In particular, Hubble has been able to take close-ups (even before the Cassini probe arrived in 2004) of the Saturnian system and contributed to theories on hows the rings formed.

The illustration here depicts a similar event occuring many light years away in a planetary nebula. Asteroids are seen crashing into a moon, completely obliterating it. Perhaps after many years the debris will help to form a disk, much like the rings of Saturn we see today.

About this image:-January 2007, Bryce 5.0, POV-Ray 3.61

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