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Solar System: Comets

These sites are about the composition, orbits, and characteristics of comets. Includes photographs, videos, and hands-on activities. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on famous comets.


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This comprehensive site has the history of comets, how to make a comet, characteristics of comets, and more. Includes an interactive game.
Learn all about comets, where they come from, and what they are made of. You can even make your own comet at home with the help of an adult.
Scroll down to click on "Comets" and explore the tabs to learn facts and myths about comets. Learn more mixing components for creating a comet.
This site is about comets for the beginners, including basic terms, comet images, etc. Click on "Color a Comet" to add color to a picture online. Fun for the SMARTboard.
This site for kids has information about comets, including what comets are made of, the orbit of comets, and much more. Scroll down to click on the "Level 2" version for the same information written at a higher reading level. There is also a movie on Level 2 about the history of comet discoveries.
Read this encyclopedia entry about the structure and origin of comets. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Click on "Stardust Theatre" to watch movies on comets. There are also games, including a word search and puzzles.
Learn about comets and why they are called "cosmic leftovers."
This site introduces comets to kids and includes colorful illustrations. Scroll down the page and choose links to a coloring page, hands-on activity, quiz, and interactive puzzle.
What does a comet crashing into a planet look like? Watch this computer simulation program and find out. Be patient because the file is large.
This site has a photograph that clearly shows the two tails of this comet.
Learn the dependency between geological composition, size and speed of a comet and the possibility of its impact.
This page for kids has brief information about comets.
Learn here how comets begin their travel across the galaxy and whether it is safe to fly through its tail. This site has pictures of real comets. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can answer the questions to see an astronomy picture.
Try this quiz on comets. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to message boards.
Find out how much you would weigh on a comet. Try the "Comet Challenge" and look at drawings by kids.
Students can read the "News in Brief." Students can also explore the "Related Information" which includes "Is the Earth targeted for impact?" and the "Torino Impact Scale." Click on "Multimedia Gallery" for images.
This page has general information on comets and "Missions" to comets.
Students can look at photographs of comets.
Learn more about some famous comets including Halley's, Hale-Bopp, Shoemaker-Levy 9, and Hyakutake. Includes photographs and animations.

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