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08. Why Do Comets Have Tails?

Country Available: Canada

Bob MacDonald

Join us as we fly right through the tail of a comet onboard the Stardust spacecraft. The robot was sent on a long journey to pick up bits of dust from the long tail and return them to Earth. The long wispy tails of comets have amazed and frightened people for centuries, and there are lots more of them out there. We meet a modern day comet hunter who has discovered many new ones, including one that crashed into Jupiter. Learn tips on how to find one yourself. If you do, you get to name it! Find out what these mysterious objects are made of by making one in your kitchen and try flying a kite off it’s low gravity icy surface.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 2005 Closed Captioned Length: 28 minutes Library Audience:
  • Youth and Adult
  • School Audience:
  • Grades 4 - 12
  • Subjects:
  • Science: Astronomy, Astronautics, Physics
  • Formats Available:
  • VHS Tape
  • DVD
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