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Comet Lecture

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I listened to a lecture on why Comets are so great and it was pretty interesting!

The picture above is of Comet Hyakutake seen from Hawaii in 1996.

Beautiful shot isn’t it?

Hawaii is the home of many of the world’s finest observatories and what better way to get ready for comet viewings coming up in March than to have a lecture to explain what it is that we will see.

I won’t go over the WHOLE lecture with you guys but I know it’s cool to learn a neat fact here and there so here are some cool ones that you can share with your friends and family.

-Comets are made completely out of ice and when they get in close proximity of the Sun the ice on the surface starts to sublimate, turning directly from a solid to a gas. The gas then streams away creating comet dust which are the tails and comas of the comet.

-And these same comet tails always point away from the sun. 

-Comets also have orbits but the paths deviate from the traditional circular orbit. Which means that there is no set orbit for comets.

Hope you guys learned a little something!

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