Comets are icy objects that orbit the sun. When they get close to the sun, they heat up and the solar wind gives them an atmosphere (called a coma), as well as a tail, making them look like they are burning in the sky.
The name “comet” comes from the Latin word cometa, which in turn comes from a Greek word which means “wearing hair”. Thus, the word “comet” means “star with hair”.
Halley’s Comet is the most famous comet, completing its orbit of the sun every seventy-five years. Its most notable appearance was in 1066, before William the Conqueror invaded England, and is said to have been a sign of his apparent victory.
The YouTube video playlist below contains videos about comets. Details of the videos featured are underneath.
- Comet ISON Fizzles by NASA Goddard
- ScienceCasts: Comet of the Century by ScienceAtNASA
- ScienceCasts: Sunset Comet by ScienceAtNASA
- ScienceCasts: A Meteor Shower from Halley’s Comet by ScienceAtNASA
- ScienceCasts: Rock Comet Meteor Shower by ScienceAtNASA
- ScienceCasts: Mission to Land on a Comet by ScienceAtNASA
More space video playlists include:
The Sun, Mercury, Venus, Earth, The Moon (& other moons), Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Beyond Neptune, Asteroid Belt, Comets, Black Holes, Dwarf Planets and Stars.
A full list of space videos can be found at ipfactly.com/space-videos