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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. This conversation they are apt to run into with the same temper that boys discover in delighting to hear terrible stories of spirits and hobgoblins, which they greedily listen to, and dare not go to bed for fear.
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.
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 comet, called Comet 168P-Hergenrother, is expected to be visible with the naked eye and will appear as a large bright star with a tail of light trailing behind it,reports Mirror Online.
The approaching space rock has been identified as Comet 168P/Hergenrother.
Comet 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann, with a period of 15 years, was discovered photographically in 1927 during an outburst.
A comet with a bright green glow will be visible over the UAE skies on Thursday night and early Friday morning.
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.
This past August, Rosetta finally met up with Comet 67P near Jupiter.
23 Science, reveal a thin layer of organic compounds dusted over the comet's surface.
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.
Dust and small particles are thrown off the surface of the comet as the gases boil away and are then carried away from the comet's weak gravity.