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Capture the cosmos > Comets

Online adventures, pictures, answers, and more

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Comets

Whip up a batch of comets — without trashing the kitchen! Then sit back and watch as your cosmic creations whirl around the Sun.

Comet Facts Myths and Legends online exploration

Comet Facts, Myths,
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The history and lore of comets awaits. Learn what people in times past thought when these strange objects blazed across the sky.

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Q&A: Comets

Separate fact from fiction and satisfy your curiosity about the nature and behavior of comets.

Tales of: An asteroid mysteriously disintegrating as Hubble watches

Even asteroids get "burned" by the Sun.

Myths vs. realities: Comets

Comets always have tails — true or false?

Graphic Organizer: Comets vs. asteroids

When is a comet not a comet? When it's an asteroid! Find out at a glance what makes these related space travelers different.

Fast Facts: Comet 9P/Tempel 1

NASA crashed a probe into this comet to study ancient material released from its core.
NOTE: For more Fast Facts on other comets and asteroids, dig deeper…

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