Ground-based re-discovery image of asteroid (596) Scheila

Steve Larson of the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) took this image on 11 December 2010, through the Catalina 0.68-meter Schmidt telescope. Later analysis showed the object to be a re-discovery of asteroid (596) Scheila, which was discovered in 1906. In the Larson/Gibbs 2010 image, the asteroid now showed signs of a cometary tail.


S. Larson and A. Gibbs (University of Arizona/Catalina Sky Survey)

About the Image

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Release date:4 May 2011, 15:17
Size:803 x 540 px

About the Object

Name:Asteroid (596) Scheila
Type:Solar System : Interplanetary Body : Asteroid
Category:Solar System

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