Cosmic cappuccino

Just released by┬áthe European Space Agency (ESA), this stunning image shows Mars’s southern polar ice cap, as rarely seen before. This is a permanent feature,┬ácomposed of frozen water and carbon dioxide, and is 3km deep in places. It looks flat in this amazing image, but is in fact a mixed terrain of peaks, troughs andContinue reading “Cosmic cappuccino”

Close encounter of the first kind

Finally, a much-anticipated astronomical event that didn’t leave us disappointed! The close encounter of Comet Siding Spring with Mars on 19th October 2014 resulted in some great imagery and, hopefully, some interesting science to come. Siding Spring passed a mere 87,000 miles above the red planet: less than half the distance between the Earth andContinue reading “Close encounter of the first kind”