Is a Comet on a Collision Course with...

Is a Comet on a Collision Course with Mars?

There are 2 comments on the Universe Today story from Feb 27, 2013, titled Is a Comet on a Collision Course with Mars?. In it, Universe Today reports that:

Simulation of the close approach of C/2013 A1 to Mars in Celestia using the latest MPC elements.

Join the discussion below, or Read more at Universe Today.

“Geologist [I'm Climate Change]”

Since: Mar 07

formerly Nuneaton

#1 Feb 27, 2013
I am impressed with 2 items in this article.

The 1st is a hyperbolic retrograde orbit, which implies a possible origin from outside the oort cloud; (may be an interstellar comet).

The other bit of info is the diameter of the nucleus (50Km) the spectacular classic comet Hale Bopp had a 60Km nucleus and developed a coma as large as the sun.

Will definitely be interesting to watch but if a collision is definite: it will delete all the mars exploration programmes (inc. the ones already there) for a century or so as the mess in orbit will turn most space hardware into facsimiles of Beirut in the 1980s civil war (which tends not to make it work so well).

Have a nice day: Ag


Since: Jan 08

Location hidden

#2 Mar 2, 2013
Sax Russell would have been pleased.

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Science / Technology Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
News Trump to skip White House Correspondentsa Assoc... 10 min CHICKEN TRUMP 75
News "Science vs. Religion: What Scientists Really T... (Jan '12) 11 min Subduction Zone 58,745
News Students hack into school system, change grades (Apr '07) 3 hr sharon 711
Yoko Vape Buster DNA250 TC Box Mod 8 hr perty 1
Eleaf iJust S Starter Kit (New Colors) | 5 new ... 9 hr newssnowss 1
Geekvape Peerless RDA 24mm Atomizer Released 17 hr allisonhu 1
Is Time An Illusion? (May '10) 17 hr SoE 12,989
More from around the web