Comet ISON passes by Mars


Comet ISON will safely pass by Mars today (October 1st) as it makes its journey toward the sun. It will be around 6.7 million miles (10.8 million km) from Mars. It will not hit Mars.

ScienceCast video from August 15, 2013:

Images from the HiRISE camera from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter should be available within the next couple of days.

ISON is not visible to the naked eye, and it is still a very faint object in our night sky, as well as on or near Mars. Mars rover Curiosity will attempt to make observations of ISON, and hopefully some good photos will be taken.

Here’s a photo of Comet ISON and Mars as seen from Earth.

Here are a couple of tweets about ISON and Mars.

Mars image credit: NASA

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