Oct 21 2014

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Siding Spring observation roundup

ScienceDaily.com has a handful of good articles on Siding Spring’s close approach:

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter took images of the comet’s nucleus. Turns out that the nucleus is way smaller than originally thought — only a few hundred yards across.

This composite image shows two versions of each of two of the best HiRISE images of the comet. Shown at top are images with the full dynamic range, showing the nucleus and bright coma near the nucleus. Shown at bottom are versions where the fainter outer coma is brightened, saturating the inner region. The images at left and right were taken about nine minutes apart.

Mars Odyssey Orbiter took thermal images of the comet, but those will take a few days to process.

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