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Comets vs. Asteroids vs. Meteors: Synonymous or Different?

Our universe is unimaginably vast and contains hundreds of thousands of objects. Some of these can be very easily mistaken as another because a lot of them overlap traits. A very common example of this is comets, asteroids, and meteors. A lot of people use these terms synonymously, which is a mistake considering their distinct differences. This post will discuss these differences and hopefully clear up common misconceptions. Comets Comets, by definition, are small, icy, solar system bodies that make the sad mistake of getting too close to the gigantic ball of gas and plasma that we call our sun. When comets pass too close, they start heating up, releasing gases, which scientists refer to as 'outgassing' (no, for real). This creates a 'gravitationally unbound atmosphere', or a coma. The dust, gas, and ice particles start streaming behind the comet, creating the symbolic tail. Fun Facts: The name comet comes from Kometes, which means long hair. In this case, the 'hair
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8 Questions You May Have About Black Holes

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How the Universe Began: 7 (Of the Many) Theories

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Radio Astronomy – Listening to Space

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Top 15 Places to Go in Washington

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Hey, I'm Ananya Denduluri, one of the authors of  I live with my parents, my little sister, and my little brother, in Washington, United States. I love all arts (painting, drawing, crafting, and even things like animating or 3D art). I also really love reading, traveling, kitties, and eating donuts, one of the perfect-est foods ever.  In addition to this, I love being in nature and enjoy hiking, biking, and swimming. I love to learn new things, and to share all of the things I learn with everybody. I believe that you give what you get (or as I like to say, Newton's 3rd Law of Motion)., and that if you teach what you know, you will only get more knowledge. I love science in general, especially things people don't know a lot about, like space, or the ocean.  I also love to spend time with my family and go on trips with them. We love to watch movies, binge watch tv, and play board games .  A sketch of my family & me