Thursday, October 3, 2013

Comet ISON Pics From Mars

Hey Space Placers!

They really aren't pretty but they are amazing - the four pics of Comet ISON obtained by NASA's Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) HIRISE camera. The pics were taken on September 29 at a distance of  8 million miles and more were planned for October 1 and 2 when the Comet was at 8 million miles.

You have to remember that these images were obtained from Martian orbit using a moving spacecraft's high powered telescopic lens that was designed to take images pointing down and covering a large area. To even capture Comet ISON in any manner is a technological victory.

The images were posted on the University of Arizona's HIRISE website - these are not from NASA so go here to read more about it:

We'll see what a million miles difference looks like when the other images are released.

Sky Guy in VA

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