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Understanding the Structure of Comets Quiz

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1. Which component of a comet is composed mainly of ice and rock and is the most solid part?

2. Which part of a comet always points away from the sun?

3. What is the term for the cloud of gas and dust that forms around the nucleus of a comet as it heats up?

4. What gives the ion tail of a comet its blue color?

5. Which part of a comet's structure is visible only when the comet is close to the Sun and is heating up?

6. How can a comet have two tails?

7. Which part of a comet's structure is present all the time, regardless of the comet's distance from the sun?

8. What is primarily responsible for the formation of a comet's tail?

9. What is the term for the relatively solid and stable part of a comet?

10. When do comets typically start to form a tail?