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Thursday, February 04, 2010

 

Hubble Sees a Cosmic Smash

Image Credit NASA, ESA, and D. Jewitt (University of California, Los Angeles). Photo No. STScI-2010-07

Comet P 2010/A2 was always a strange beast, one of the few known comets that orbited in the main asteroid belt. Well, turns out to be weirder than that, a close-up view from the Hubble Space telescope suggests that the tail of P 2010. A2 is not a cometary tail, but a debris tail resulting from the collision of two asteroids. See also here.

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