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October 13, 2010 12:45 PM (EDT)

News Release Number: STScI-2010-34

Hubble Finds that a Bizarre X-Shaped Intruder Is Linked to an Unseen Asteroid Collision

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About the Object
Object Name: Comet-like Asteroid P/2010 A2
Object Description: Asteroid Belt Impact Object
Distances
from Earth:
Date of Observation Distance in AU Distance in miles Distance in kilometers
Jan. 29, 2010 1.099 102 million 164 million
Mar. 12, 2010 1.564 145 million 234 million
Apr. 19, 2010 1.922 179 million 288 million
May 29, 2010 2.392 222 million 358 million
About the Data
Data Description: The image was created from Hubble data from proposals 12053, 12077, and 12305: D. Jewitt (UCLA), H. Weaver (JPL/APL), M. Drahus (UCLA), and M. Mutchler (STScI).
Instrument: WFC3
Exposure Date(s): 2010: Jan. 25, Jan. 29, Feb. 22, Mar. 12, Apr. 2, Apr. 19, May 8, and May 29
Filters: F606W (V)
About the Release
Credit: NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (UCLA)
Release Date: October 13, 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.
Orientation: Compass and Scale Image for Comet-like Asteroid P/2010 A2