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Nov 09 2014

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Mars showered by Siding Spring dust

Dust from the comet was way heavier than originally predicted.

New NASA data from satellites circling Mars shows that when the comet named Siding Spring skimmed the red planet, tons of comet dust bombarded the Martian sky with thousands of fireballs an hour. It warped the Martian atmosphere leaving all sorts of metals and an eerie yellow afterglow on Oct. 19.

Sadly, the best view in the house was on the Martian surface, and neither Opportunity nor Curiosity can take videos. The yellow afterglow in the Martian atmosphere was from all the sodium thrown off by Siding Spring.

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