English: Comet Siding Spring (C/2007 Q3) as imaged in the infrared by the WISE space telescope. The images was taken January 10, 2010 when the comet was 2.5AU from the Sun. Text article: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/WISE/multimedia/pia12830-a.html (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
While Comet ISON fizzled its way around the Sun and failed to deliver its previously forecasted sky show, we have a few new space friends making their way towards us in the coming 6 months:
Comet 209P/Linear (closest approach to the Sun – May 6, 2014) – This is reported to possibly be trailing a large meteor shower behind it which may deliver 100-400 meteors/hour through Earth’s atmosphere. The comet will pass 0.0554 AU or 5,150,000 miles from the Earth.
Comet 2013 A1 (Siding Spring) (arrival Oct 25, 2014) – According to JPL estimates, this comet will pass within 75,000 miles from Mars and poses a potential threat to hardware in Mars orbit.
Asteroid 2003 QQ47 – Arrival March 21, 2014