(596) Scheila Asteroid Collision Animation

  • Released Thursday, April 28, 2011
  • Updated Monday, October 19, 2015 at 12:40PM
  • ID: 10759

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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