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Comets – Those Dust Covered Snowballs

December 21, 2015



Comets are like dirt snow balls in the sky.

Fun Facts:

  • Ancient Greeks thought comets looked like hairy stars so that is why they named them comets meaning “hair”!
  • Halley’s Comet orbits near the earth every 76 years!
  • A comet’s tail is caused by the sun melting it and bits of dust and rock falling away from it.  The tail appears to be behind the comet when the comet is going towards the sun, but when the comet is traveling away from the sun, the tail is in front of it.
  • Comets come from two places:  The Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud.
  • For a listing of meteor showers of comets: https://stardate.org/nightsky/meteors

Making Comets – You can use a variety of items to make a comet model:

  • Wire
  • bubble wrap
  • beads
  • thread or yarn

Make a ball using wire that is about the size of a fist.

Cover half of the sides with bubble wrap the other sides can be decorated.

Attach pieces of wire for the “tail” and decorate with beads, yarn or whatever looks cool.

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Comets made the a variety of items.


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