Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Close Encounter With Mars — Interactive Visualization By ‘Solar System Scope’.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Click to access brilliant, compelling, interactive visualization, of Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), as seen by ‘MSL Curiosity Rover’ on Mars.

These are the same folks, i.e., ‘Solar System Scope‘,
who gave us the mesmerizing Comet ISON visualization.

So definitely give this a try.


Quick reference to C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) from Wikipedia. Click to access full Wikipedia entry. NOTE perihelion distance (further than Earth) and date.


JPL orbital simulation. REQUIRES JAVA. Click to access.

This comet, at least for us on Earth, is not that special. It was never had the potential of being a ‘great’ (like poor ol’ ISON) and it was certainly not a sungrazer. In reality it was just one of the, on average 200, comets now being discovered a year thanks to our automated sky surveys.

Other than being the first comet to have been discovered in 2013, C/2013 A1’s real claim to fame is that it is going to get VERY CLOSE to Mars on October 19, 2014. And in this case we still not talking cigars in that it is believed that it might only get within 25,700 miles of Mars — and that is measured from the center of Mars. That is still a fair distance. Astronomers are NOT expecting it to crash into Mars — i.e., for it to be captured by the gravitational pull of Mars.

This “Solar System Scope” simulation will give you a very realistic view of what you would see if you happen to be on Mars.


A very informative diagram, from Caltech, on Wikipedia. Click to access or use previous Wikipedia image.

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