Swift image of asteroid (596) Scheila

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 15 Dec 2010, when the asteroid was about 375 million kilometres from Earth.


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

About the Image

NASA press release
NASA caption
Release date:4 May 2011, 15:15
Size:2735 x 1803 px

About the Object

Name:Asteroid (596) Scheila
Type:• Unspecified

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