Friday 25 July 2014

Siding Springs and Mars

It is all happening - Siding Springs, or comet C/2013 A1, will miss Mars on Oct 19, by only 132,000km, about 1/3 of the distance from Earth to Moon. There are several satellites currently orbiting Mars that will be able to observe this event.


The history of the discovery and its approach to Mars can be seen here:

There some good animations of the orbits of the comet relative to the  Sun and planets.


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