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Comet NEOWISE surprises some stargazers with two tails

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Michie, Jul 16, 2020.

  1. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    As stargazers try to catch a glimpse of NEOWISE as it soars across the nighttime sky, careful viewers may notice the comet has two tails trailing behind it.


    The comet’s main tail or dust tail, which is always whitish in color because its particles easily reflect sunlight at every wavelength, is made of fragments from the comet that have been ejected from its nucleus and curves outside the path of the comet’s trajectory, according to Forbes.

    The dust that makeup up the main tail are pulled by three forces: the sun, the comet itself and the force from the sun’s radiation.

    Differently sized particles are all subjected to the same amount of gravitational acceleration but smaller dust grains are affected more than larger ones by solar radiation and move at different speeds, making the tail appear wider.

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    Comet NEOWISE surprises some stargazers with two tails
     
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  2. Brightmoon

    Brightmoon Apes and humans are all in family Hominidae.

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    I still haven’t been able to catch it :(
     
  3. Michie

    Michie Human rights begin in the womb. Supporter

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    Me either. I’ve tried too. I think I’ll bring the binoculars tonight.
     
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