A comet coming back into life?

22 Dec 2010

At www.physorg.com/print212167881.html ... an asteroid with an orbit within, or crossing, the main asteroid belt, appears to be showing signs of revived life - leading to speculation that it might be a quiescent comet. The Catalonia Sky Survey Telescope was aimed on the asteroid belt when it came across a faint wispy tail surrounding a bright star like core. It was an asteroid known as Scheila, discovered over a hundred years ago. Now, a lot of other telescopes have homed in on the object and found it is what very much looks like a re-activated comet, in the process of an outburst. The coma appears to be largely composed of dust. Further observations are being made.

Note ... the Catalonia Sky Survey is NASA funded with the object of searching out potentially hazardous near-earth objects