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The deep belt-like grooves that encircle Vesta’s equator were likely caused by a massive impact on the south pole of the asteroid, according to research currently available online.
The asteroid Vesta, the second largest in the asteroid belt, has been particularly interesting to astronomers since it was first discovered in 1807.
Astronomy enthusiasts can now take a virtual tour of the asteroid Vesta thanks to an atlas created from images captured during the Dawn Mission’s Low Altitude Mapping Orbit (LAMO).
Researchers have used three-dimensional computer simulations to reconstruct how an asteroid called Vesta collided with other asteroids twice over a billion years ago to explore the origins of our Solar System.