Comet-like appearance of main belt asteroid (596) Scheila

S. Larson reports that images of the main-belt minor planet (596) show the object to be in apparent outburst with a comet-like appearance.

S. Larson, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory (LPL), University of Arizona, reports that images of the main-belt minor planet (596), taken on Dec. 11.44-11.47 UT with the 0.68-m f/1.8 Schmidt telescope at Catalina, show the object to be in apparent outburst with a comet-like appearance.

The cometary appearance has been confirmed by other observers.