The comet Siding Spring is just about to reach its closest approach to Mars. Below are links to various sites with info and imagery:
Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1)
Comet Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) is racing toward Mars
for a close encounter on October 19, 2014.
* Latest NASA news and images:
- Comets: Siding Spring (C/2013 A1) – NASA JPL – Mars Exploration Program
- Comet Siding Spring | NASA –
On Sunday, Oct. 19, Comet C/2013 A1, also known as comet Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles (139,500 kilometers) of the Red Planet — less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than one-tenth the distance of any known comet flyby of Earth. Siding Spring’s nucleus will come closest to Mars around 11:27 a.m. PDT (2:27 p.m. EDT), hurtling at about 126,000 mph (56 kilometers per second).
Hubble Image of Comet Siding Spring
The images above show — before and after filtering — comet C/2013 A1,
also known as Siding Spring, as captured by Wide Field Camera 3 on NASA’s
* ESA live webcast: European Space Agency – live streaming video powered by Livestream
* Live webcast from the SLOOH online observatory: live.slooh.com – Comet Siding Spring Swings by on a Close Approach to Mars
* Display of the current position of the comet in the sky: Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) Live Position and Finder Chart – TheSkyLive
* An animation of NASA’s Mars Odyssey orbiter maneuvering to image Comet Siding Spring:
Path of the comet: