Hey guys & gals! I just set up a new online store for my signed prints with TicTail. Until now, I was handling everything manually, as I was taking direct orders via email, and this was far from ideal. To celebrate the benefits of the new store, I’m having a ~33% OFF sale for all 14 of my collages under the “Oh, L’Amour" category (well, you know by now which ones I’m talking about ;-). So for example, the small prints that used to cost $30, they now cost $20, and the larger ones, now cost $27 instead of $40 (plus S&H). The offer will be active only for this first week, ending on October 12th, so hurry up! Buying signed prints from the specific store is by far the best way to support my work! Thx!
What You Need to Know About Mars Comet Siding Spring
- On Sunday, October 19th, Comet C/2013 A1, aka Siding Spring, will pass within about 87,000 miles of the Red Planet.
- The distance the comet will be from Mars is less than half the distance between Earth and our moon and less than one-tenth the distance of any known comet flyby of Earth.
- Siding Spring, whose core is 0.5 to 5 miles wide, probably formed somewhere between Jupiter and Neptune about 4.6 billion years ago — just a few million years after the solar system began coming together. Scientists believe Siding Spring had a close encounter with one of these planets and was booted out into the Oort Cloud
- A million years ago or so, a star passing by the Oort Cloud is thought to have jolted the comet’s orbit again, sending it on its first-ever trip into the inner solar system.
- Comets from the Oort cloud are both ancient and rare. Since this is Comet Siding Spring’s first trip through the inner solar system, scientists are excited to learn more about its composition and the effects of its gas and dust on the Mars upper atmosphere.
- NASA does not think the comet hit the Red Planet, but comets spew out a trail of dust and gas, and that could damage the fleet of spacecraft orbiting Mars. Just to be safe, NASA will move the Mars Odyssey orbiter, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), and the new Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) to the other side of the planet as the comet approaches.
- The Mars orbiters will take pictures and collect data on the comet as it flys by. Several Earth-based and space telescopes, including the Hubble Space Telescope, also will take pictures. Here is the full list of NASA assets observing Siding Spring
- The comet was first discovered in January 2013 by Robert McNaught at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia.
- Great article from Space.com on how to view the comet from Earth