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Solar System: Famous Comets

Learn more about some famous comets including Halley’s, Hale-Bopp, Shoemaker-Levy 9, and Hyakutake. Includes photographs and animations. There is also a link to an eThemes Resource on comets that provides a basic overview.


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Learn more about the Comet Hale-Bopp and Hyakutake. The article compares the size and composition of Hale-Bopp and Halley.
Learn more about Halley's Comet, Shoemaker-Levy 9, Comet LINEAR, and Hale-Bopp. Includes a table with data that compares the different comets.
This short article is about Halley's comet. The links at the top provide three different reading levels.
This site offers good illustrations showing the orbit of Comet Halley.
This is an encyclopedia entry about Halley's comet.
This site has basic information about comets, including the famous Comet Hale-Bopp.
Click on the links to view images of Comet Hyakutake.
This page introduces several well-known comets. Includes photographs.
This site offers a comparison of the dimensions and orbital periods of Halley's and Hale-Bopp comets. Includes a video.
Read about comets and asteroids.
Start the tour with "Ida and Moon" and work your way through the famous comets and their impacts. Select the audio button to listen to narration. Click on the magnified glass button to enlarge images.
View images of Borrelly comet and the spacecraft that flew by it. Learn about the Deep Space 1 mission and the comet.
These sites are about the composition, orbits, and characteristics of comets. Includes photographs, video clips, hands-on activities, online games, and quizzes.

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