Comet Myths, Facts and Legends
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Other Resources Related to the Lesson
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Images Used in the Lesson

Other resources related to the lesson:

One of the unique features of using the World Wide Web is the ability to move quickly and easily to other links of related topics. If you find an appropriate, related link, don't forget to bookmark it for later use. These related links can play an important role in enhancing your lesson. You can use them to gather research information, find current events, and introduce or follow up a specific lesson module. Here are some Web pages that relate to the topic:
Photographs and captions available.
Collect Solar System Trading Cards as you learn more about the objects in the solar system or whip up a batch of comets without trashing the kitchen.

Other resources available at the Space Telescope Science Institute:
Read about the science instruments and mission operations of the Hubble Space Telescope.
This site shows how and where to get materials for classroom use.

Other resources available outside the Space Telescope Science Institute:

Below you will find a vast amount of information about comets. The information comes from many sources other than the Institute.

Some of the resources are quite in-depth, and it is easy to get lost. You should bookmark this page before you examine each source. That way, should you get lost, you can simply use the bookmark to return to the main page.

You may occasionally find a site "under construction," or you may find that a site is completely gone. There is no way to help such situations, as the sites are out of Space Telescope Science Institute's control.
This site offers an Astronomy Picture of the Day.
This is PBS's NOVA site. Here, you can find images of Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake.
An article about adding up the risks of cosmic impact. Researchers turn attention to smaller, more frequent blasts. This article includes many links.
Learn more about comets.
Provided by Students for Exploration and Development of Space at the University of Arizona, Lunar and Planetary Laboratory.
NOVA Online: The Doomsday Asteroid. Includes a teachers guide, general information on comets and the specifics of Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake.
Includes links to Shoemaker-Levy 9 information and FAQs.
This site includes instructional materials related to human exploration of space.
Report written by Michael Paine about Simulating Armageddon on Your PC: Asteroid Impacts with Earth and the consequences.
The University of Hawaii Institute for Astronomy's comet page includes an extensive discussion on the structure of comets, the Kuiper Belt, and the Oort Cloud.
Information, observational data, and images concerning asteroids can be found here.

Images Used in the Lesson:

Customize your lesson! Below you will find the images and icons used in the lesson. You can use them to create your own interactive lessons and overhead transparencies.

"Comet Facts, Myths, and Legends" Images
Fact 1
Hairy Comet image_1.jpg
Earth and Comet image_2.jpg
Isaac Newton image_3.jpg
Calculations image_4.jpg
Fact 2
Girl, Dog Comet image_1.jpg
Greek Man image_2.jpg
Romans image_3.jpg
Chariot image_4.jpg
Fact 3
Edmund Halley image_1.jpg
Tapestry image_2.jpg
China image_3.jpg
Halley's Comet image_4.jpg
Fact 4
Watchers image_1.jpg
House image_2.jpg
Fact 5
Dinosaur image_1.jpg
Impact Map image_2.jpg
Fact 6
Hale Bopp image_1.jpg
Swift-Tuttle image_2.jpg
Hyakutake image_3.jpg
Halley image_4.jpg
Shoemaker-Levy 9 image_5.jpg



1. Levy, David. Impact Jupiter—The Crash of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9. New York, NY: Plenum Press, 1995.

2. Lewis, John. Rain of Iron and Ice—The Very Real Threat of Comet and Asteroid Bombardment. Massachusetts: Addison-Wesley Publishing, 1996.

3. Sagan, Carl and Druyan, Ann. Comets. New York, NY: Random House, 1986.

4. Schneider, Stuart and Etter, Roberta. Halley's Comet—Memories of 1910. New York, NY: Abbeville Press, 1985.

5. Pasachoff, Jay M. Astronomy: From the Earth to the Universe. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders College Publishing, 1991.

6. Potter, Robert & Goodman. The World Anthology. New York : Globe Book Company, 1987.


1. Newburn, Ray. Periodic Comet Shoemaker-Levy-9 Collides with Jupiter. NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, July 1994.

2. Lind, Mary; Knecht, Pam; Dodge, Bill; Williams, Ana; and Wiebe, Arthur. Out Of This World. AIMS (Activities Integrating Science and Math) Educational Foundation, 1994.

Student Books & Computer Activities:

1."Where in Space is Carmen Sandiego." Computer CD-Rom: Broderbund Software.

2. Cole, Joann. The Magic Schoolbus—Lost in the Solar System. New York, NY: Scholastic, 1990.

3. Simon, Seymour. Jupiter. New York: Mulberry Books, 1985.

4. Simon, Seymour. Comets, Meteors, and Asteroids. New York: Morrow Junior Books, 1994.

5. Van Cleave, Janice. Gravity Spectacular Science Projects. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1992.

6. Van Cleave, Janice. Astronomy for Every Kid: 101 Easy Experiments that Really Work. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1991.


1. Sky & Telescope

Beatty, Kelly. "Killer Crater in Yucatan," July 1991, p. 38.
Beatty, Kelly and Goldman, Stuart. "The Great Crash of 1994: A First Report," October 1994, p. 18.
Chapman, Clark. "Observing Jupiter At Impact Time," July 1994.
Gallant, Roy. "Journey To Tunguska," June 1994, p.38.
Pendleton, Yvonne. "Life From Stars?" March 1994, p.36.

2. Time

Nash, Madeleine. "How Did Life Begin?" October 11, 1993, p. 68.

3. The Planetary Report

Anderson, Charles, M. "Jupiter Watch: The Celestial Necklace Breaks," January/February 1994, p. 8.

4. Nature

Backes, Karl; Dowling, Timothy; Harrington, Joseph and LeBeau, Raymond. "Dynamic Response of Jupiter's Atmosphere to the Impact of Comet SL-9," April 7, 1994, p. 525.

5. Science

Morbidelli, Alessandro. "New Insights on the Kuiper Belt," June 26, 1998, p. 2071.
Shoemaker, Carolyn. "Space—Where Now, and Why?" November 27, 1998, p. 1637.

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