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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

Technical facts about this news release:

About the Object
Object Name: Asteroid (596) Scheila
Object Description: Main-Belt Comet/Asteroid
Distance: Scheila’s orbit lies in the outer asteroid belt at a semi-major axis of 2.926 AU from the Sun. During the time of the Hubble observations, the asteroid was ~3.1 AU from the Sun, and ~2.3 AU from Earth.
Dimensions: The image is 2.2 arcminutes (133,000 mi or 214,000 km) wide.
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposal HST proposal 12435: D. Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles), H. Weaver (JHU/APL), M. Mutchler (STScI), S. Larson (University of Arizona), and J. Agarwal (ESA/ESTEC, University of Potsdam).
Instrument: WFC3/UVIS
Exposure Date(s): December 27, 2010
Exposure Time: 26 minutes
Filters: F606W (V)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, D. Jewitt (UCLA), and M. Mutchler (STScI)
Release Date: April 27, 2011
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.
Orientation/Scale: Annotated Illustration and Compass Image of Hubble Image of Asteroid (596) Scheila