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NASA Captures Comet Hitting Sun

European Space agency and NASA’s Solar and Heliospheric Observatory (SOHO) saw a bright comet plunge toward the sun on Aug. 3-4, 2016, at nearly 1.3 million miles per hour. Comets are chunks of ice and dust that orbit the sun, usually on highly elliptical orbits that carry them far beyond the orbit of Pluto at their farthest points. This comet, ...

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How Comets are formed? Just like deep-fried ice cream, says Indian-origin NASA scientist

A NASA’s Indian origin scientist has used an icebox-like instrument nicknamed ‘Himalaya’ to show how fluffy ice on the surface of a comet would crystallise and harden as the comet heads toward the Sun and warms up. As the water-ice crystals form, becoming denser and more ordered, other molecules containing carbon would be thrown up to the comet’s surface, resulting in ...

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