30 Space Myths We Should All Stop Believing

All Comets Have Tails

30. All Comets Have Tails

We’ve all read storybooks which depicted comets with blazing tails but this is an old myth in reality. For starters, comets aren’t all that visible to us because they like to play peek-a-boo in the darkest regions of space.

Astronomers say that they tend to be highly inactive and almost always in a frozen like state. The ‘tail’ that we all assume comets are born with only develop as they come closer to a star for example like the Sun. When that happens, they come out of their frozen state and begin to develop both a tail and a cloudy atmosphere.

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