(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.
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NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Conceptual Image Lab
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Swift Asteroid Collision
Thursday, April 28, 2011 at 4:00AM
Produced by - Robert Crippen
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