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Unformatted text preview: from merging together Comets • Formed beyond frost line, comets are icy counterparts to asteroids • Dirty “snowball” model o Mostly water ice o + other ices o mixed with sand and dust-like particles • outer layers on nucleus vaporize when comet approaches sun • most comets stay perpetually frozen in outer solar system. Only a few enter inner solar system where they grow tails 08/10/2009 08:30:00 ← 08/10/2009 08:30:00 ←...
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- Solar System, Solar System., rocky planetesimals, outer solar system.