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Discovered in January of last year, it was quickly established that Comet Siding Spring was going to pass ‘very’ close to Mars on 19th October this year. The latest calculations show Siding Spring passing Mars at a distance of just 89,000 miles above the planet’s surface!
Although only discovered in March of this year, Comet Jacques has the potential to become one of the brightest comets of 2014. Predictions put the comet at around magnitude +7 by mid-July but some say it could get as bright as +3! See LIVE data including Right Ascension and Declination data here.
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) will be the focus of the Rosetta spacecraft mission over the next two years. Rosetta is due to rendezvous with 67P later this year, and after scanning the comet for a suitable landing site, will then deploy a lander to the comet’s surface.
At just one third the distance of our Moon, Comet Siding Spring (C/2012 A1) is set to pass Mars ten times closer than any recorded comet has ever passed Earth. As NASA currently have two spacecraft orbiting the red planet (and one on the way), cautionary measures are being drafted to manoeuvre the spacecraft (if necessary) out of harms way …more >