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News Release 119 of 1051

March 6, 2014 10:00 AM (EST)

News Release Number: STScI-2014-15

Hubble Witnesses an Asteroid Mysteriously Disintegrating

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Asteroid P/2013 R3
Object Description: Disintegrating Comet/Asteroid
About the Data
Data Description: The Hubble data are from proposal 13612: D. Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles), H. Weaver (JHU/APL), J. Agarwal (Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research), S. Larson (University of Arizona), and M. Mutchler (STScI).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): 2013 - 2014
Filters: F350LP (long pass)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles)
Release Date: March 6, 2014
Colors: 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.