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Published on January 16, 2008

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Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids:  Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids Structure of a Comet:  Structure of a Comet To Sun Ion Tail Dust Tail Coma Comet Structure:  Comet Structure Nucleus 10 km “Dirty Snowball” Coma Cloud of evaporated ices and ions may be 100,000 km in diameter Tail Always points away from Sun Solar Wind and Radiation Pressure The Oort Cloud:  The Oort Cloud In 1950 Jan Oort noticed that no comet has been observed with an orbit that indicates that it came from interstellar space, there is a strong tendency for aphelia of long period comet orbits to lie at a distance of about 50,000 AU, and there is no preferential direction from which comets come. The Oort Cloud:  The Oort Cloud Comet Halley:  Comet Halley Bayeaux Tapestry Norman Invasion of 1066:  Bayeaux Tapestry Norman Invasion of 1066 Comet Halley 1910:  Comet Halley 1910 Pope Callixtus III excommunicated Halley's Comet in 1456 In 1910, charlatans sold "comet pills" Orbit Comet Nucleus:  Comet Nucleus Comet of 1577:  Comet of 1577 Hyakutake:  Hyakutake Hale-Bopp:  Hale-Bopp Comet West:  Comet West Slide14:  The Cause of Meteor Showers P55/Tempel-Tuttle Why After Midnight is Best:  Why After Midnight is Best Shower Radiant:  Shower Radiant Slide17:  The 1833 storm Slide18:  The 1966 storm 1997 Leonids from Orbit:  1997 Leonids from Orbit Two Showers for Halley:  Two Showers for Halley Sporadic Meteors:  Sporadic Meteors Barringer’s Crater:  Barringer’s Crater An iron meteorite 100 feet across and 70,000 tons slamed into the Earth at about 43,000mph in the Arizona desert near Flagstaff 40,000 years ago. Barringer Crater is 4,100 feet wide and 571 feet deep. Other Impact Craters:  Other Impact Craters Tunguska, 1908:  Tunguska, 1908 How Much Damage?:  How Much Damage? Asteroids:  Asteroids Apollo Trojans Ida - Dactyl:  Ida - Dactyl Gaspra:  Gaspra Kirkwood Gaps:  Kirkwood Gaps Asteroids Elsewhere:  Asteroids Elsewhere Sedna:  Sedna End of Section:  End of Section

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