The tail of the Scheila asteroid was due to a probable collision event

In 2010, the Scheila asteroid showed like a comet, with a well defined tail that disappeared in a few days. IAA astronomers analyzed the event and attributed to a probable collision event

Image comet Sheila

asteroide Scheila

Imágenes del cometa Sheila


F. Moreno et al. (596) Scheila in outburst: a probable collision event in the main asteroid belt. The Astrophysical Journal, 738:130. DOI: 10.1088/0004-637X/738/2/130

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