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News Release 307 of 1051

February 2, 2010 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-07

Suspected Asteroid Collision Leaves Odd X-Pattern of Trailing Debris

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Cometary Asteroid P/2010 A2
Object Description: Asteroid Belt Impact Object
Distance: 100 million miles (160 million km) from Earth.
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposal 12053: D. Jewitt (UCLA), H. Weaver (JPL/APL), M. Drahus (UCLA), and M. Mutchler (STScI).
Instrument: WFC3
Exposure Date(s): January 25 and 29, 2010
Filters: F606W (V)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA)
Release Date: February 2, 2010
Color: This image was originally black and white and recorded only overall brightness. These brightness values were translated into a range of bluish hues. Such color "maps" can be useful in helping to distinguish subtly varying brightness in an image.