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Surviving Sun – Mirage News

On March 27, a spacecraft named NEOWISE identified a bright comet fast approaching the sun. As comets travel closer to the sun, their icy mantles…

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On March 27, a spacecraft named NEOWISE identified a bright comet fast approaching the sun. As comets travel closer to the sun, their icy mantles evaporate and dust escapes to create long tails; at one point, the newfound Comet NEOWISE’s tail stretched more than 10 degrees across the sky, which is equivalent to a line of 20 Earth moons.
“Because comets are made of ice, they are fragile,” says Qicheng Zhang, a graduate student at Caltech who studies comets, “and we weren’t entirely sure whether …

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