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Very Large comet may hit Mars in Oct 2014

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There is a chance that the comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), discovered in the beginning of 2013, might collide with Mars. At the moment, based on the observation arc of 74 days, the nominal close approach distance between the red planet and the comet might be as little as 0.00073 AU, that is approximately 109,200 km! Distance to Mars’ natural satellite Deimos will be smaller by 6000 km, making it 103,000 km. On the 19th October 2014, the comet might reach apparent magnitude of -8…-8.5, as seen from Mars! Perhaps it will be possible to accuire high-resolution images from the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO).


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Since C/2013 A1 is a hyperbolic comet and moves in a retrograde orbit, its velocity with respect to the planet will be very high, approximately 56 km/s. With the current estimate of the absolute magnitude of the nucleus M2 = 10.3, which might indicate the diameter of over 50 km, the energy of impact might reach the equivalent of staggering 2×10¹º megatonnes! This kind of event can leave a crater 500 km across and 2 km deep.



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Good thing we just spent a few billion sending a robot there to see whats a few centimeters deep in a rock.
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7thWardTiger
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Forgot the link


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windriver
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good


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Displaced
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re: Very Large comet may hit Mars in Oct 2014
there are a lot of "can" "may" "mights"s in there.


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re: Very Large comet may hit Mars in Oct 2014
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There is a chance that the comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring), discovered in the beginning of 2013, might collide with Mars. At the moment, based on the observation arc of 74 days, the nominal close approach distance between the red planet and the comet might be as little as 0.00073 AU, that is approximately 109,200 km!


This is scary. This means that unless we catch a celestial object coming towards Earth farther than a year out we probably won't know if it will impact us.


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re: Very Large comet may hit Mars in Oct 2014
Kodak moment


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This is scary. This means that unless we catch a celestial object coming towards Earth farther than a year out we probably won't know if it will impact us.


That's a good thing


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horndog
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Im glad i didnt move to Mars now.


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Pilot Tiger
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This is scary. This means that unless we catch a celestial object coming towards Earth farther than a year out we probably won't know if it will impact us.
so let's say we find out that we're going to be hit and completely wiped out

why would you want to spend years knowing this?
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SundayFunday
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re: Very Large comet may hit Mars in Oct 2014
So, it's Mars, I would love to see that.

Plus lots things we could find out from the stuff kicked up and exposed from the impact


Dire Wolf
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Ya I am rooting for this.


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bunky
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re: Very Large comet may hit Mars in Oct 2014
Don't be too proud of this geological terror the universe has constructed.


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BrownBear
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those aliens are going down


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TigersRuleTheEarth
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so let's say we find out that we're going to be hit and completely wiped out

why would you want to spend years knowing this?


Well, what we will know is that it may or maynot hit us. Why would you want to spend years of your life not knowing for sure?


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hg
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Mars: the red headed step child of the solar system


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PBnJ
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Someone covert all of that to American measurements pleaae


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TigersRuleTheEarth
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Don't be too proud of this geological terror the universe has constructed.


Is this a bastardized quote from Star Wars?


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Is this a bastardized quote from Star Wars?


Finding Nemo actually


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