Swift Image of Asteroid (596) Scheila

Swift Image of Asteroid (596) Scheila

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News release ID: STScI-2011-13
Release Date: Apr 28, 2011
Image Use: Copyright
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Faint dust plumes bookend asteroid (596) Scheila, which is overexposed in this composite image. Visible and ultraviolet images from Swift's UVOT (circled) are merged with a Digital Sky Survey image of the same region. The UVOT images were acquired on Dec. 15, 2010, when the asteroid was about 232 million miles from Earth.

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Credit: NASA/Swift/DSS/D. Bodewits (University of Maryland, College Park)