Mars could be hit by comet next year – ” solar system may be left without Mars / collision is very likely “

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Mar 4, 2013 21:37 Moscow Time
Margarita Bogatova, Alexei Lyakhov

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The solar system may be left without Mars as experts predict that comet C/2013 A1 measured at about 50 km in diameter will hit the planet in mid autumn of 2014. The crash may have absolutely unpredictable consequences, causing cracks, changing the planet’s axis and adding water to its environment. Scientists say that the comet is posing no danger to the Earth.

Experts have calculated that the comet will pass within about 37,000km of the surface of Mars in October of 2014. Although there is no certainty about the comet’s orbit, scientists agree that the collision is very likely.

Adviser to the president of the Russian “Energiya” space corporation, Viktor Sinyavsky: “This is going to be a very significant event. The consequences can be unpredictable. It is difficult to be sure about the outcome of the crash. If it happens, Mars will by all means face an immense impact.”

Some scientists estimate that the impact should yield a blast equivalent to that of 20 billion kilotons of TNT but the Earth would hardly even feel the echo of the crash due to huge distances separating us from Mars.

Mr. Sinyavsky says the fuzz will be all in the media. “There is no need to worry about it. The Sun and the Moon do impact the Earth while the rest of the planets cannot do us any harm.”

Comet C/2013 A1 was discovered in January by Robert McNaught at Siding Spring Observatory in Australia. Russian astronomers say that the comet will pass within about 105,000km of Mars`s surface on October 19, 2014.

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