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April 28, 2011 11:00 AM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2011-13

NASA's SWIFT and Hubble Probe Asteroid Collision Debris

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Image: Swift Image of Asteroid (596) Scheila

Swift Image of Asteroid (596) Scheila

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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.

Object Name: Asteroid (596) Scheila

Image Type: Astronomical/Illustration

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

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