|What is this strange object?
First discovered on ground based
images on January 6, the object appeared unusual
enough to investigate further with the
Hubble Space Telescope last week.
Pictured above, what Hubble saw indicates that P/2010 A2 is unlike any object ever seen before.
At first glance, the object appears to have the
tail of a comet.
Close inspection, however, shows a 140-meter
nucleus offset from the tail center, very unusual structure near the nucleus, and no discernable gas in the tail.
Knowing that the
object orbits in the
between Mars and
Jupiter, a preliminary hypothesis that appears to explain all of the known clues is that
is the debris left over from a recent