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Cometary/asteroid smash up in the asteroid belt

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Guys,
Anyone else see the wierd pics of that comet like object in the astreroid belt.
They cant decide if a comet hit an asteroid or was it 2 asteroids.
www.skyandtelescope.com/news/home/83370282.html
I have to say I've never seen anything quite like it !
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Replied by michaeloconnell on topic Re:Cometary/asteroid smash up in the asteroid belt

WOW!
Now that's spectacular!
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Replied by DeirdreKelleghan on topic Re:Cometary/asteroid smash up in the asteroid belt

gizmodo.com/5462539/hubble-detects-myste...raveling-at-11000mph

Here is a better image

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Its NASA Astronomy Photo of the Day now - larger images are posted:

apod.nasa.gov/apod/ap100203.html

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Replied by Seanie_Morris on topic Re:Cometary/asteroid smash up in the asteroid belt

It looks like a piece of classic science fiction for a Doomsday asteroid I think. No indication is it will be a naked eye object...
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Replied by dave_lillis on topic Re:Cometary/asteroid smash up in the asteroid belt

Given the graininess of the HST image, I'd bet its very faint.
It almost looks like the Enterprise had a warp core breach !
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Replied by DaveGrennan on topic Re:Cometary/asteroid smash up in the asteroid belt

P/2010 A2 is currently mag +18.4 and fading.

Interesting object indeed. My money is on A2 having encountered a debris field from a previous impact of a couple of small asteroids. Possibly not too long ago as otherwise the debris field would have been perturbed enough to be fully dispersed.
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18.4!!, man, my 20" wouldn't catch that visually.
All you imagers out there could have a good chance before it fades.
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