Passing comet peppered Mars with shooting stars, scientists say

November 7, 2014 9:03 PM

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CAPE CANAVERAL (Reuters) - The comet that sailed by Mars last month spawned thousands of shooting stars per hour and created a new layer of ionized particles high in the planet’s atmosphere, NASA scientists said on Friday.

At twilight, the Martian skies likely took on a yellowish hue from sodium in vaporized comet dust, creating a glow similar to sodium vapor lights commonly used in parking lots on Earth.

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