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ESA/Hubble heic1405: Hubble witnesses an asteroid mysteriously disintegrating. The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid, which has fragmented into as many as ten smaller pieces. Although fragile comet nuclei have been seen to fall apart as they approach the Sun, nothing like ...

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ESA/Hubble News
6 March 2014

The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has photographed the never-before-seen break-up of an asteroid, which has fragmented into as many as ten smaller pieces. Although fragile comet nuclei have been seen to fall apart as they approach the Sun, nothing like the breakup of this asteroid, P/2013 R3, has ever been observed before in the asteroid belt.

The release, images and videos are available on:
http://www.spacetelescope.org/news/heic1405/

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The ESO Education and Public Outreach Department
6 March 2014




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