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Discovered in January of last year, it was quickly established that Comet Siding Spring was going to pass incredibly close to Mars. At 18:27 UTC on October 19th, Comet Siding Spring zoomed by at just 84,500 miles (141,000km) above the red planets surface.
Discovered only in March of this 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. See LIVE data including Right Ascension and Declination data here.
Comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko (67P) will be the focus of the Rosetta spacecraft mission until December 2015. Rosetta arrived at the comet in early August and is due to deploy a lander (Philae) to the comet’s surface this coming November.
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 >