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Comic 2102 - Ep. 28, Page 52

15th Mar 2016, 9:01 PM in Episode 28 :: Save My Place | Load My Place
Average Rating: 5 (2 votes)

Author Notes:

smbhax 15th Mar 2016, 9:01 PM edit delete
smbhax
NASA's recent Close Comet Flyby Threw Mars’ Magnetic Field Into Chaos article describes the effect comet Siding Spring's 2014 flyby of the planet Mars had on the red planet's atmosphere and magnetic field as observed by their MAVEN ("Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution") spacecraft, which had entered Martian orbit just weeks earlier. The comet's core passed within "140,000 kilometers (roughly 87,000 miles)" of the planet, more than close enough for its million-kilometer-wide envelope of gas—the outer coma—to surround the planet, bathing it in charged particles: "The comet's powerful magnetic field temporarily merged with, and overwhelmed, the planet's weak field"; "the encounter blew away part of Mars’ upper atmosphere, much like a strong solar storm would."

Comments:

cattservant 16th Mar 2016, 12:36 AM edit delete reply
cattservant
Car jacking?
smbhax 16th Mar 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Ohh I didn't even see it lined up that way! :oo ^_^ But nah hopefully this panel will make more sense once the next one is up.
moizmad 16th Mar 2016, 11:30 AM edit delete reply
moizmad
No way catt, that's one of those Uber cabs maybe?
smbhax 16th Mar 2016, 9:30 PM edit delete reply
smbhax
Well, it may be a rental!