Surreal Images of Comet Whizzing past Mars Captured by Hubble

October 25, 2014 6:48 PM

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Siding Spring came closest to Mars at 3:27 AM Japan time. It raced beyond the Red Planet at 203.000 Kph, and at a distance of 87.000 miles from it. Astronomer’s consider this a near miss. The comet was visible in the sky even before it raced past Mars. As it was heading towards Mars, it left behind a trail of cloud and debris.

The images obtained by Hubble are truly one of a kind. According to specialists, the Orbiter’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera (HiRISE) captured the first-ever well-resolved photos of the nucleus of a long-period comet. Every pixel in the photo represents 150 yards in reality. NASA...

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