Skip to comments.A Super Fast Comet Is Headed For Mars
Posted on 03/05/2013 10:10:50 AM PST by blam
A Super Fast Comet Is Headed For Mars
March 5, 2013
A PAIR of middle-aged tourists (see previous post) are not the only thing headed for Mars. Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) is also on its way. Discovered on January 3rd, some calculations of its orbit, according to Phil Plait, the rather good Bad Astronomer, have it passing 37,000km above the surface of the planet in October 2014roughly the height at which communication satellites orbit Earth, and a remarkably close shave by cosmic standards. An official NASA website puts the most likely close-approach distance between the comet and Mars at something more like 100,000km.
But the minimum close-approach distance is zero. Comets do not move smoothly on their tracks like ball bearings or planets. The gases that blow off their surfaces as the sun warms them up push them hither and yon, changing their trajectories. So, though the odds are strongly against it (how strongly no one can yet say) the comet has a real if small chance of actually hitting the planet.
Which would be cool, in all sorts of ways. For a start, it should be simply spectacular. Given the unusual speed of the comet (which is moving so fast that it may well be coming from outside the solar systemcool upon cool) and the fact that it is travelling the wrong way round the sun, from a planets point of view, Mr Plait estimates that its impact should yield a blast equivalent to that of a billion megatons of TNT. It would be an event on the same sort of scale as the impact that drove the dinosaurs extinct 65m years ago. If it really is that big, and if the comet were to hit the side of Mars facing Earth
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...as opposed to a SLOW Comet?.........
I wonder if the ejected debris from an impact will/could rain down on earth? (Hmmmm)
We could possibly get a real up-close-and personal view if one of the rovers is capable of seeing it..........................
Sheila Lee Jackson’s gonna be upset if that comet hit’s Neil Armstrong’s flag on Mars.
"Not to worry, I will blast it with my Illudium PU-36 Explosive Space Modulator."
Outward bound they lose their momentum to virtually zero forward speed and fall back in which is why they think this one may be an outsider.
It might have been accelerated away from a distant solar system.
Mayan’s knew! 8^)
Yeah! Something quite similar has happened before.
“I wonder if the ejected debris from an impact will/could rain down on earth?”
It would not surprise me if fire and brimstone came down upon this evil world.
This isn't it but I almost posted this a couple days ago:
That Comet sure looks funny.
Comet....it’ll make your teeth turn green
Comet....it tastes like gasoline
Comet....it’ll make you vomit
So get some Comet, and vomit, today.
Where are Meteorite Men when we need them?
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