Sunday, December 12, 2010
Asteroid 596 Scheila has a cometary outburst.
Over at the Global-Rent-a-scope news blog, asteroid 596 Scheila has been reported to have had a cometary-like outburst, and GRAS observers have confirmed this. See more images and the story at the Remanzacco Observatory blog, from GRAS observers Ernesto Guido and Giovanni Sostero (most recent image here), and this nice image from Rolando Ligustri here. The asteroid is enveloped in a spiral cloud or tail, I'll try and keep you updated as the outburst evolves.