It is a relatively old comet that now gives off little gas. Temple Tuttle is the progenitor of the annual Leonid meteor shower. Thousands of shooting stars streak across the night sky every November, as the Earth passes through the dust particles and rocky meteoroids haphazardly shed by the comet. Very bright meteor showers were seen in as Earth passed through debris trails left in and But astronomers have predicted that these may have been the last major Leonid storms for up to 30 years.
This is because the comet melts and sheds matter unevenly on its journey through the solar system, and we may not pass through another dense cloud of debris for some time. The spaceprobe flew within kilometres miles of the nucleus, taking some of the best pictures yet. Stardust returned to Earth with its precious cargo in January This will provide insight into the conditions under which Wild 2 — and the solar system — formed, 4.
Wild 2 is roughly 5 km in diameter and riddled with depressions, craters and cliffs. These may have been formed by jets Untitled - Comet Bodies - Obsidian Cartridge (CDr gas exploding out from beneath the surface. However, that may be impossible as the dust cloud was bigger than expected, and NASA can not correct the obscured images taken by the space probe.
Tempel 1 is 6 km in size and hurtles along at 10 km 6 miles per second. Its orbit has been changed by the gravity of Jupiter since it was discovered inand it now orbits the Sun Untitled - Comet Bodies - Obsidian Cartridge (CDr 5 to 6 years.
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Their orbital periods can be millions of years in length. Other comets have shorter periods and smaller orbits that carry them from the orbits of Jupiter and Saturn inward to the orbits of the terrestrial planets.
Some comets even appear to come from interstellar space, passing around the Sun on open, hyperbolic orbitsbut in fact are members of the solar system.
Comets are typically named for their discoverers, though some comets e. In some cases where a comet has been lost its orbit was not determined well enough to predict its returnthe comet is named for the original discoverer and also the observer s who found it again.
Numbers appearing before the name of a comet denote that it is periodic; the comets are numbered in the order that they are confirmed to be periodic. In the IAU implemented a new identification system for each appearance of a comet, whether it is periodic or long-period. This identification system is similar to that now used for asteroid discoveries, though the asteroids are so designated only when they are first discovered. The asteroids are later given official catalog numbers and names, Untitled - Comet Bodies - Obsidian Cartridge (CDr.
Formerly, a number after the name of a periodic comet denoted its order among comets discovered by that individual or group, but for new comets there would be no such distinguishing number. Article Media. Info Print Print.
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