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Observing the aftermath of a main-belt asteroid collision

14 Dec 2010, 23:21 UTC
Observing the aftermath of a main-belt asteroid collision
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Here are the two images hot off the press. The observations of a strange asteroid were taken about 58 hr
apart. It was reported that Steve Larson of the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory,
University of Arizona, had imaged the asteroid (596) Scheila on
December 11.44-11.47 UT with the 0.68-m Schmidt telescope at Catalina
and found it to be in apparent outburst with a comet-like appearance.
This is the first well-documented occasion that a main-belt asteroid
has been seen to be surrounded by a fuzzy coma.
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