Comet Siding Spring caused meteor shower, forms ion layer on Mars: NASA  

November 8, 2014 10:15 AM

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US space agency NASA on Friday said comet Siding Spring that sailed by Mars on October 19 generated thousands of shooting stars an hour leading to creation of a new layer of ionized particles in the Martian atmosphere.

The effect of the comet flyby on the Red Planet and its atmosphere was caught by two NASA spacecrafts, including the European spacecraft and the MAVEN mission.

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