Planets and Moons  ID: 10759

(596) Scheila Asteroid Collision Animation

Late last year, astronomers noticed that an asteroid named Scheila had brightened unexpectedly and was sporting a short-lived tail. Now, data from NASA's Swift satellite and Hubble Space Telescope show that these changes likely occurred after Scheila was struck by a much smaller asteroid.


Walt Feimer (HTSI): Lead Animator
Michael Lentz (UMBC): Animator
Scott Wiessinger (UMBC): Producer
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab

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Astrophysics Animations

Goddard TV Tape:
G2011-041 -- Swift Asteroid Collision

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