Siding Springs Comet Came in Close For a Martian Meteor Shower

November 12, 2014 10:00 AM

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Earlier last month, on Oct. 19, researchers from the world's top space agencies were able to catch a glimpse at one of the rarest sights in space. Coming from the outer Oort Cloud, at the very edge of our solar system, young comet Siding Spring passed by Mars rather closely on its first orbit around the sun; giving Mars orbiters a show and quite a scare. But as it turns out new data collected from NASA's satellites on the night of the event show that the best view may have in fact been from the red planet itself.

Earlier last month, on Oct. 19, researchers from the world's top space agencies were able to catch a glimpse at one of the rarest sights in space. Coming from the outer Oort Cloud, at the very edge of our solar system, young comet Siding Spring passed by Mars rather closely on its first orbit around...

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