Breaking Up is Hard to Do


asteroid-disintegrationThis series of Hubble Space Telescope images shows the breakup of an asteroid over a period of several months beginning in late 2013. The largest fragments are up to 180 m in radius. The crumbling asteroid, designated P/2013 R3, was first noticed as an unusual, fuzzy-looking object by the Catalina and Pan STARRS sky surveys last September.

Image Credit: NASA

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