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Tail, of Comet [Astro*Index]

When a comet comes near the Sun, some of its ices and frozen gases are melted and evaporated; the solar wind catches these particles and blows them away from the Sun, forming a luminous tail, which may stretch for millions of miles.

See also:
♦ Comets ♦ Solar Wind

 

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