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Comet 67P will continue to be the focus of the ‘Rosetta Mission’ until December 2015. Rosetta arrived alongside Comet 67P in August 2014 where it then deployed a lander (Philae) to the comet’s surface. Due to the lack of sunlight at the landing site, Philae lost all power, but there is still hope that it may come back online as Comet 67P gets closer to the Sun.
This long-period comet became visible in the Northern Hemisphere (through typical backyard telescopes) in late December. As it continued to move northwards in January, it increased in brightness and was visible with just binoculars. Although fading, it is currently still one of the brightest comets and is visible with a telescope.
Discovered in March last year, Comet Jacques (C/2014 E2) was predicted to be one of the brighter comets of 2014. Although, still fairly faint, Comet Jacques reached a magnitude of +5.66 in August and was visible with just a keen eye and a decent pair of binoculars.
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 >