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Unformatted text preview: moving charged particles in the solar wind. The plasma tail is always directed away from the Sun because it is pushed outward by the solar wind. Comet: A relatively small, icy object that orbits a star. Like asteroids, comets are officially considered part of a category known as small solar system bodies Meteors: A flash of light caused when a particle from space burns up in our atmosphere. Asteroid: A relatively small and rocky object that orbits a star; asteroids are officially considered part of the small solar system bodies....
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