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(astronomy) a relatively small extraterrestrial body consisting of a frozen mass that travels around the sun in a highly elliptical orbit

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When they meet an acquaintance in the morning, the first question is about the sun's health, how he looked at his setting and rising, and what hopes they have to avoid the stroke of the approaching comet.
Alec was escort and Kitty Comet was borne in state in a basket, with a bottle of milk, some tiny sandwiches, and a doll's dish to drink out of, as well as a bit of carpet to lie on in her palace car, out of which she kept popping her head in the most fascinating manner.
Not a thing that she hadn't read in the Comet," Mr.
This comet against which Pope Calixtus, uncle of Borgia, ordered public prayers, is the same which reappeared in 1835.
I just seem to get hold of a sense that we're all the same stuff after all--you, me, Killeny Boy, mountains, sand, salt water, worms, mosquitoes, suns, an' shootin' stars an' blazin comets .
Some conjecture even that all these suns, with their several systems, our own included, revolve around a common centre that is invisible to us, but which is the actual throne of God; the comets that we note and measure being heavenly messengers, as it might be, constantly passing from one of these families of worlds to another.
The most common prefixes for comet designations are C and P.
At the same time, comet 96P passed through a second NASA missions view: STEREO short for Solar and Terrestrial Relations Observatory also watched the comet between Oct.
html) captured Comet 73P travelling around the sun with 40 fragments surrounding it.
Every 10 years or so a bright comet with a prominent tail makes its appearance.
The comet, C/2012 S1 (ISON), is highly unusual in that it comes to the inner solar system for the first time and will skirt around the Sun within less than two solar radii from the Sun's surface on Nov.
The recently discovered object, known as comet ISON, is due to fly within 1.
We have set a cutoff date of the year 1974 because there is a very strong observational bias in detecting splitting events; splittings and disintegrations of comets since that year are reported in the Split Comets List of the International Comet Quarterly.
When a comet is near the sun, some of its ice melts, which produces its distinctive tail.
Called Comet 73P/Schwassman-Wachmann 3, this body passes near the sun every 5.