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Encyclopedia Articles (7)

1,281 words, approx. 5 pages
Comets A bright comet is a spectacular astronomical event. Throughout history, comets have left a strong impression on those who have witnessed their appearances. The name comes from the Greek kometes... Read more
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Comet Capture Comets are the most volatile-rich minor bodies in the solar system. It has been suggested that impacts with comets and asteroids provided Earth with much of its water. Although most come... Read more
1,770 words, approx. 6 pages
Comets, Predicting When comets are first seen through a telescope, they are faint, "fuzzy" patches of light at the limit of visibility. A few years ago, most comets were discovered by am... Read more
2,282 words, approx. 8 pages
Observing and Defining Comets Overview By the middle of the fifteenth century, improvements in the accuracy of astronomical observing instruments and the use of geometrical mathematics presaged a clos... Read more
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Comets Comets are objects—relatively small compared to planets—that are composed of dust and ices of various compounds. Comets orbit the Sun in elongated elliptical (eccentric, elongated... Read more
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Comets Comets are small astronomical bodies that are composed chiefly of dust and ice crystals that orbit the Sun along highly elliptical orbital paths. As comets approach the Sun a portion of the com... Read more
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Comet Generally consisting of a nucleus, head, and tail, comets are celestial bodies, similar in appearance to stars, whose origins and structures scientists are still in the process of determining. B... Read more