Welcome to LIVE Comet Data
Latest site news: We’ve added a LIVE location chart to our Rosetta page. Built using HTML5 Canvas, the interactive chart works on iOS. If it proves popular, we’ll develop it further and use it in other pages.
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.
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!
Comet ISON was widely publicised to become a very bright object back in December 2013. Unfortunately, during perihelion, Comet ISON was broken apart. It’s a mystery as to how much of ISON remains, but you can still view the data here.
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 >