Steve Larson of the University of Arizona's Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) took this image on December 11, 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.
Object Name: Asteroid (596) Scheila
Image Type: Astronomical
Credit: S. Larson and A. Gibbs (University of Arizona/Catalina Sky Survey)
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