Karl Battams is an astrophysicist and computational scientist based at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) in Washington DC. He has operated the NASA-funded Sungrazing Comets Project since 2003. In addition to his comet work, he performs data analysis and visualizations for various ongoing solar physics projects within the NRL Space Science Division. You can follow him and the Sungrazer Project on Twitter via @SungrazerComets.
Next week's solar eclipse will reveal the Sun's corona, nearby bright planets and stars, and, if we get extremely lucky, a comet!
We're now less than two weeks away from Comet Siding Spring buzzing ridiculously close to Mars, and the excitement is building - in both good and bad ways...
How can we use MAVEN to learn about Comet Siding Spring, passing very close by Mars this month?