Mars and A Comet

Viewing Mars and the Comet from the Sun.

Viewing Mars and the Comet from the Sun.

   On 3 January of last year Australian Astronomer Robert McNaught captured images of a new comet, Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1), with the use of a telescope at the Siding Springs Observatory in New South Wales, Australia. As this animated graphic shows the comet’s path is from south of the ecliptic moving north across the ecliptic and past the planet Mars during October.
The View From the Comet.

The View From the Comet.


   
   Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) comes the closest to Mars, about 82,000 miles (131,966 km), on October 19th at 18:28 UT (2:28 pm CDT).
The View from Earth.

If we could see the comet and Mars from Earth it might look like this.


   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   Visit the special web site from NASA about the comet.

   
   

   
   
   
   
   
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Caution: Objects viewed with an optical aid are further than they appear.
   Click here to go to the Qué tal in the Current Skies web site for more observing information for this month.

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