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Our Solar System Comets

Our Solar System Comets

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Published by Donnette Davis
A Mini Activity book Focusing on a specific area of the Solar System. The information contained in this book will cover an entire lesson, and so is suitable as teaching material. Ideal for homeschooling. This book is about comets.
A Mini Activity book Focusing on a specific area of the Solar System. The information contained in this book will cover an entire lesson, and so is suitable as teaching material. Ideal for homeschooling. This book is about comets.

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Published by: Donnette Davis on Sep 21, 2009
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Comets
Compiled by Donnette E Daviswww.staidenshomeschool.com
 
Our Solar SystemSt Aiden’s Homeschool © 2009 ~ All Rights Reserved Donnette E Davis
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Comets
Comet Facts
 
 
Comets are often described as giant "dirty snowballs" because they aremostly made up of ice and some dirt.
 
Comets have two "tails", one madeup mostly of rocks and dust, theother mostly made of gas.
 
Comet tails always point away fromthe Sun.
 
 A comet's tail can be millions of kilometres in length, but the amount of matter it contains can be held in alarge book bag.
 
Did You Know?
Scientists believe thatcomets are made up ofmaterial left over fromwhen the Sun and theplanets were formed. Theythink that about 100,000million comets orbit theSun. Some comets orbitthe Sun like planets. Theirorbits take them veryclose to and very far awayfrom the Sun.
The Tshi people of ZaireThe Tshi people of ZaireThe Tshi people of ZaireThe Tshi people of Zairecall comets "hair stars".call comets "hair stars".call comets "hair stars".call comets "hair stars".
Q:
Since comets have no light of their own, how are we able to see them?A: Comets reflect liht from the Sun which makes them visible to us here on
 
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A comet is made of dirty ice, d A comet is made of dirty ice, d A comet is made of dirty ice, d A comet is made of dirty ice, dust, and gas. When a ust, and gas. When a ust, and gas. When a ust, and gas. When a comet gets close to the Sun, part of the ice starts to melt.comet gets close to the Sun, part of the ice starts to melt.comet gets close to the Sun, part of the ice starts to melt.comet gets close to the Sun, part of the ice starts to melt.The solar winds then push the dust and gas released by The solar winds then push the dust and gas released by The solar winds then push the dust and gas released by The solar winds then push the dust and gas released by the melting ice away from the comet. This forms thethe melting ice away from the comet. This forms thethe melting ice away from the comet. This forms thethe melting ice away from the comet. This forms thecomet's tail. Every time a comet comes close to the Sun, a comet's tail. Every time a comet comes close to the Sun, a comet's tail. Every time a comet comes close to the Sun, a comet's tail. Every time a comet comes close to the Sun, a part of part of part of part of it melts. Over time, it will completely disappear.it melts. Over time, it will completely disappear.it melts. Over time, it will completely disappear.it melts. Over time, it will completely disappear.A comet does not give off any light of its own. What A comet does not give off any light of its own. What A comet does not give off any light of its own. What A comet does not give off any light of its own. What seems to be light from the comet is actually a reflection seems to be light from the comet is actually a reflection seems to be light from the comet is actually a reflection seems to be light from the comet is actually a reflection of our Sun's light. Sunlight bounces off the comet's iceof our Sun's light. Sunlight bounces off the comet's iceof our Sun's light. Sunlight bounces off the comet's iceof our Sun's light. Sunlight bounces off the comet's iceparticles in the same way light is reparticles in the same way light is reparticles in the same way light is reparticles in the same way light is reflected by a mirror.flected by a mirror.flected by a mirror.flected by a mirror.A few comets come close enough to the Earth for us toA few comets come close enough to the Earth for us toA few comets come close enough to the Earth for us toA few comets come close enough to the Earth for us tosee them with our eyes. Halley's Comet, for example, can see them with our eyes. Halley's Comet, for example, can see them with our eyes. Halley's Comet, for example, can see them with our eyes. Halley's Comet, for example, can be seen from Earth every 76 years.be seen from Earth every 76 years.be seen from Earth every 76 years.be seen from Earth every 76 years.

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