Introduction to Comets
Submitted: Tue Oct 19 2004
CT: Space Objects and Comets: Introduction to Comets
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Introduction to Comets: Comets have always captured the imaginations of humans. Probably because of their unexpected appearances, huge apparent sizes on the sky, mysterious and rapid motions about the sky, and, finally, their equally mysterious disappearances, civilizations have been awed and frequently terrified by comets. The history of our understanding of these fascinating objects is quite interesting. Somewhat surprisingly, in the last few decades, comets have taken on new meaning and increased significance in modern astronomy as well.