Overview: Comet Hale-Bopp facts

of "Fast Facts: Comet Hale-Bopp"
Fast Facts: Comet Hale-Bopp lists in a table the comet's age, location, average distance from the Sun, diameter, mass, orbital period around the Sun, and distinguishing features. A picture of the comet is included.
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Grades: Adaptable, at teacher's discretion
How to use it in the classroom

Fast Facts: Comet Hale-Bopp can be used alone to:

Find information about the comet Hale-Bopp.

Fast Facts: Comet Hale-Bopp can be used in conjunction with other solar system themed tables to:

Recognize and order large numbers. Students arrange the Sun, planets, comets, and asteroids from smallest to largest mass and/or diameter.

Compare asteroids to comets. Have students construct a graphic organizer comparing the features of the asteroids with those of comets.

Related materials

Press release: "Hale-Bopp Observations with Hubble and IUE Surprise Astronomers"

Press release: "Hubble Sees Material Ejected from Comet Hale-Bopp"

See the Solar system section on "Teaching tools" page.

Overview: Comet Hale-Bopp facts