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The structure of comets

Unlike planets, comets move on highly elongated orbits, and therefore are visible only at short periods close to the Sun.

The main part of any comet is its nucleus .

According to the hypothesis of the famous American researcher of comets Fred Lawrence Whipple, cometary nucleus is an ice consisting of a mixture of frozen water and frozen gases interspersed with refractory rocky and metallic particles . Figuratively speaking, it looks like a “dirty iceberg”.

Let us imagine that we see the newly opened the comet, which is somewhere in the vicinity of Jupiter’s orbit. Seeing through the telescope hazy pale speck, like a spherical nebula (such unattractive are presented to the observer of a distant comet), we may be disappointed at first. With the approach of the comet to the Sun the solar flux increases. Comet “ice” begin to evaporate rapidly. Around the nucleus formed a vast glowing gas shell – coma. Together with the core of it is the head of the comet. Continue reading

The planet Jupiter

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Jupiter is the fifth planet from the Sun and the largest planet in the Solar system. The surface of Jupiter are not made of stone, in contrast to the terrestrial planets closer to the Sun. The planet Jupiter is a huge ball of gas the size. Composition of atmosphere: hydrogen(85%), methane, ammonia, helium(14%). The composition of the atmosphere gas giant similar to the Sun. Jupiter radiates into space more heat than it receives from the Sun. The origin of this energy processes occurring in the core of the planet with hydrogen under huge pressure at which the gas acquires properties similar to metal.

Jupiter rotates so quickly that the planet is elongated along the equator. This intense rotation is the cause of hurricanes on the surface of the atmosphere where the clouds look like long stripes of different colors, rotating along the equator of the planet, often in opposite directions. Continue reading

Inside the comet 67P found no major voids

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Inside the comet 67P/Churyumov — Gerasimenko there are no large voids. The mission of “Rosetta” the European space Agency made measurements that clearly demonstrated and solved the old mystery. Comets are icy debris left over from the formation of the planets 4.6 billion years ago. Spacecraft have visited a total of eight comets, and through these missions we pulled a picture of the basic properties of these space-time capsules. On some questions the answers were found, others appeared.

Comets, as we know, consist of a mixture of ice and dust, and if there were compact, gravity superior to water. However, previous measurements have shown that some of them have very low density, much lower than water ice. Low density means that the comet must be extremely porous.

But what is this porosity: due to large voids in the subsurface of the comet, or due to a more homogeneous structure with low density? Continue reading

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