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Meteors, Asteroids and Comets
Storm of comets
03/07/12

 

This artist's conception illustrates a storm of comets around the star Eta Corvi. Evidence for this barrage comes from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, whose infrared detectors picked up indications that one or more comets was recently torn to shreds after colliding with a rocky body. In this artist's conception, one such giant comet is shown smashing into a rocky planet, flinging ice- and carbon-rich dust into space, while also smashing water and organics into the surface of the planet. Yellow-white Eta Corvi is shown to the left, with still more comets streaming toward it. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech



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