Solar System – Comets

Have you ever wondered about our Solar system? Each part of it is fascinating in its own right. Today let’s talk about Comets –  they are like snowballs made of ice and dust that travel through the solar system.

Comets are some of the most interesting objects in space! When they get close to the sun, they start to melt and create a long tail that can be seen from earth.

Comets are named after their discoverers and are given a number to show when they were discovered. One of the most famous comets is Halley’s Comet, which was named after the astronomer Edmond Halley. Halley’s Comet is visible from earth about every 76 years.

Comets are made up of three main parts: the nucleus, the coma, and the tail. The nucleus is the solid part of the comet made up of ice, dust, and rock. The coma is the atmosphere of the comet that surrounds the nucleus. When the comet gets close to the sun, the heat causes the ice in the coma to turn into gas, which creates the long tail. The tail can be millions of miles long and always points away from the sun.

Comets are important because they can tell us about the early solar system and the origins of our planet. Studying comets can help us understand how the solar system formed and how life on earth began.

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