|The Comet's Tale
Astronomer's Review III
What happens to a comet when it gets near the sun?
Draw a comet at its perihelion, and include the tail.
Comets are usually seen only in the night sky.
How is it that we see the effect of the sunís light on a comet,
after the sun has set? (Hint:
what makes the moon shine?)
A comet can lose hundreds, or even thousands of kilograms of
material each second as it passes by the sun and forms a dust tail.
Does this mean that comets could eventually disappear?
What do you think, and why?
Do you think there could be life on a comet? Why or why not?