Crash Course Astronomy

Comets: Crash Course Astronomy #21

Episode 21 | 11m 54s

Today on Crash Course Astronomy, Phil explains comets. Comets are chunks of ice and rock that orbit the Sun. When they get near the Sun the ice turns into gas, forming the long tail, and also releases dust that forms a different tail. WeÕve visited comets up close and found them to be lumpy, with vents in the surface that release the gas as ice sublimates.

Aired: 01/12/16

Rating: NR


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