Open cluster Messier 6 and Siding Spring – Rolando Ligustri
Astronomy Picture of the Day
Siding Spring likely formed 4.6 million years ago in the Oort Cloud. No comet has come anywhere near this close to Earth in recorded history. source
Siding Spring will flyby Mars at a distance of 87,000 miles on October 19.
That’s one-third of the distance between Earth and Moon. Siding Spring’s tail could extend from Earth all the way to our moon. Its gaseous coma, the fuzzy head surrounding the nucleus, might stretch halfway to the moon.
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