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Comet Facts for Students

'Comets are extremely old, icy and oddly shaped objects in our solar system. They are exciting for a few reasons:

-- Since ancient times, humans have observed comets in the sky. Roughly once every 10 years, we can see a comet from Earth with the unaided eye. Its impressive tail blazes across the sky over the course of several days or weeks. 

-- Scientists think comets hold pristine materials within them that date back to the formation of our solar system. 

-- Many scientists believe that comet impacts delivered water and other important building blocks for life to the early Earth. '

This site has a lot of information about comets as well as links to other resources.

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Dr. Troy Tenhet
Dr. Troy Tenhet (Faculty)
9 years ago
This is actually a perfect reference point for any discussion on comets. It should work good as it corrects the many incorrect assumptions about them!