... but these pictures never do a great job of showing scale. By outer space standards, two asteroids being "close" still means they'll probably go their entire existences without ever coming remotely close to colliding. (Plus, they're actually slowly moving away from each other.)
Even with more than a half-million asteroids in the Asteroid Belt between Mars and Jupiter, large collisions are virtually nonexistent. So yes, we're afraid that the classic arcade game Asteroids isn't 100 percent scientifically accurate either (that is, unless we assume the game's ship was 250,000,000 kilometers long).
Even if they're not accurate, asteroid fields sure make for some great art.
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