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Re: Mars could get hit by giant comet next year! [Re: Centaur]
      #5717560 - 03/07/13 12:08 AM

The process of running a series of predictions covering the range of known errors is called a Monte Carlo simulation.

If nothing else, this event will provide a unique opportunity for the direct comparison of the size of a planet and a comet coma/tail.


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Re: Mars could get hit by giant comet next year! new [Re: GlennLeDrew]
      #5717868 - 03/07/13 08:03 AM

It would be interesting if this pass by broke up the comet like Jupiter did to Shoemaker-Levy9 and some impacted on the surface. I know it hasn't hit the gravitational muscle of Jove but if the thing gets close enough might it not get unstable?

Just a guess here.

Pete


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