September 19th Workshop

As a follow-up to our August 11, 2014 workshop, the CIOC is holding another one-day workshop on September 19, 2014, to discuss last minute plans and results relating to the close approach of Comet Siding Spring C/2013 A1 to Mars next month. The discussions will be supplemental to those form the previous workshop, and generally won't be covering the same ground. Thus you might want to check out some of the overview presentations made in August if you are not completely familiar with the situation. All of those presentations are posted for download from the workshop page, and you can re-watch the Livestream videos to hear that discussion.

A PDF of the agenda for the September 19 workshop is available. The meeting will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. PT/11 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET and is anticipated to be broadcast live via ustream. We have embedded the video below, and it should be active once the meeting gets underway.v Keep an eye on this page, or the NASA Mars website, for updates. Once the meeting concludes, we'll again be hosting all of the presentations on this site for you to download.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

The Siding Spring Observing Campaign

The Siding Spring Observing Campaign is a NASA-backed program tasked with encouraging and facilitating an international Earth and space-based observing campaign for Comet C/2013 A1 (Siding Spring) prior to, during, and after, its extremely close brush with Mars on 19 October 2014.

Following the overwhelming success of the Comet ISON Observing Campaign, the "CIOC" has repurposed itself under the label of Coordinated Investigations Of Comets, with its current emphasis targeting the thrilling prospect of Comet Siding-Spring's passing within 1/3 the Earth-Moon distance of the planet Mars in late 2014.

This CIOC website will provide up-to-date information about Comet Siding Spring, information on participation in the Campaign and how you can help, links to relevant observatories and programs, and blog postings from CIOC Team members. Over the coming months, as C/2013 A1 makes its close approach to Mars, and an increasing volume of observations are made, you can expect to see a corresponding increase in the number of articles, blog posts and images appearing on the site. If you are a professional astronomer, and would like to make your observation plans known, please fill out a brief observation form.