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Asteroid 596 Scheila "Outburst"
john_s
post Dec 11 2010, 11:11 PM
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I just saw a report that Steve Larson of the University of Arizona observed a "comet" last night (Saturday morning, December 11th UT), which turned out to be asteroid 596 Scheila. The asteroid, which is quite big (about 113 km in diameter) is surrounded by a vaguely spiral-shaped dust cloud. A recent impact, maybe? If so, it would be the first recorded impact on a large asteroid.

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post Mar 30 2011, 12:08 AM
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Asteroid 596 Scheila was named for the Queen by an Australian who was heard to say, "She's a good Scheila Bruce, and not at all stuck up."


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- john_s   Asteroid 596 Scheila "Outburst"   Dec 11 2010, 11:11 PM
- - nprev   Wow, breaking news! Do you have a link, John?   Dec 11 2010, 11:15 PM
|- - john_s   No link so far- this was just an e-mail I received...   Dec 11 2010, 11:40 PM
- - nprev   Understood. This sounds extremely interesting. Ar...   Dec 11 2010, 11:42 PM
- - Hungry4info   Wow. Will be watching this topic closely.   Dec 11 2010, 11:51 PM
- - tasp   Amazing! If confirmed, it would be an interes...   Dec 11 2010, 11:58 PM
- - nprev   If this was in fact an impact I rather doubt that ...   Dec 12 2010, 12:14 AM
- - tasp   Yeah, figured I had better put a smiley on my post...   Dec 12 2010, 12:24 AM
|- - Explorer1   Hubble watched something like this once before (th...   Dec 12 2010, 01:54 AM
- - Gsnorgathon   Ernesto Guido & Giovanni Sostero have posted a...   Dec 12 2010, 06:54 AM
- - ZLD   Awesome. It'll be interesting to see this unf...   Dec 12 2010, 07:07 AM
- - nprev   My, my, my. That looks like a considerable amoun...   Dec 12 2010, 07:20 AM
|- - Rob Pinnegar   QUOTE (nprev @ Dec 12 2010, 12:20 AM) I w...   Dec 13 2010, 04:33 PM
- - NGC3314   Here's a recent image, from the 1m SARA remote...   Dec 13 2010, 05:12 PM
|- - algorimancer   QUOTE (NGC3314 @ Dec 13 2010, 11:12 AM) ....   Dec 14 2010, 01:46 PM
- - Paolo   I didn't have the time to read it yet, but I n...   Mar 29 2011, 07:41 AM
- - stevesliva   QUOTE 5. The measurements are consistent with dust...   Mar 29 2011, 11:14 PM
- - ElkGroveDan   Asteroid 596 Scheila was named for the Queen by an...   Mar 30 2011, 12:08 AM
|- - eoincampbell   QUOTE (ElkGroveDan @ Mar 29 2011, 04:08 P...   Mar 30 2011, 05:52 AM
- - Astro0   Dan, please leave the room and when we think you h...   Mar 30 2011, 05:11 AM


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