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  • Aarika Kharkanis

The Tailless Comet

Comets have always been popular in human race , it meant several things from the greeks and romans thinking it is portentous and believing that it were signs of something good or bad that was going to happen or the star in the sky which the Persian Magi followed to Bethlehem to see the newborn Jesus; many thought that it was a comet.Or even in literature- a comet that appeared was interpreted as a sign of the deification of Julius Caesar. Its reason of occurrence and its journey was brought into our view by science.

Actually, comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock, and dust that orbit the Sun. When frozen, they are the size of a small town. When a comet's orbit brings it close to the Sun, it heats up and spews dust and gases into a giant glowing head larger than most planets. The dust and gases form a tail that stretches away from the Sun for millions of miles.

Now this definition given by scientists to comets might also prove to be wrong as recently the scientist just discovered a cosmic body which is a strange ,rocky comet not have a tail that has been spotted orbiting our inner solar system. It's got scientists ready to rewrite the definition of what these ubiquitous cosmic bodies should look like.

The comet is carrying up to 1 million times less water than any other comet ever recorded, and it's made up of solid rock, like an asteroid, rather than ice, like a typical comet. It is a hybrid of an asteroid and comet, this is one of the biggest and most fascinating discoveries as some say it could be a piece of what formed an earth like planet.

The 'Manx' comet that is named after a breed of cats without tails which is famously called the tailless comet have been seemed to appear from the Oort cloud .Which is the most distant region of our solar system.The Oort Cloud is believed to be a giant hypothetical spherical shell encasing the solar system.

There is still a main question of why the cosmic body does not have a tail , well scientists have a possible reason for the comet ,while being drawn near the sun their icy coating is stripped away, vaporizing behind them like a tail.

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