Help Shape the Future of Space Exploration

Join The Planetary Society Now  arrow.png

Join our eNewsletter for updates & action alerts

    Please leave this field empty
The Bruce Murray Space Image Library

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE spies comet Siding Spring

Filed under pretty pictures, comets, astronomy by planetary missions, comet Siding Spring, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter

Go Back

Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter HiRISE spies comet Siding Spring HiRISE caught these photos of comet Siding Spring on the spacecraft's last Mars orbit before the comet's closest approach, around 17:00 UTC on October 19. 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. The comet turned out to be smaller than predicted.

NASA / JPL / UA

Original image data dated on or about October 19, 2014.

Most NASA images are in the public domain. Reuse of this image is governed by NASA's image use policy.

 

Other Related Images

Comments:

Leave a Comment:

You must be logged in to submit a comment. Log in now.

Space in Images

Pretty pictures and
awe-inspiring science.

See More

Join The Planetary Society

Let’s explore the cosmos together!

Become a Member

Connect With Us

Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and more…
Continue the conversation with our online community!