Comet Facts, Myths And Legend

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Comet Facts, Myths And Legend - Quiz

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  • 1. 
    The "Hair" Out ThereThe word "comet" come from the Greek word for _____________________ .
  • 2. 
    The "Hair" Out There________________  _____________ showed that comets actually traveled far beyond the moon.
  • 3. 
    The "Hair" Out ThereAs early as the 1700's, scientists began developing  __________________________  formulas that could predict the orbit of a particular comet around the Sun.
  • 4. 
    Friend or Foe?People thought __________________  were "power rays" of supernatural beings.
  • 5. 
    Friend or Foe?To save himself from the "__________________  _______  _______ ______________," Emperor Nero of Rome had all possible successors to his throne executed.
  • 6. 
    Friend or Foe?IN 1910, people in Chicago, sealed their windows to protect themselves from the __________________________ tail of the comet.
  • 7. 
    Friend or Foe?Not everyone saw comets as bad luck. Some thought they brought good _______________.
  • 8. 
    What Goes Around Comes AroundThe Chinese recorded visits by Halley's comet as far back as ________________  B.C.
  • 9. 
    What Goes Around Comes AroundThe famous Bayeux Tapestry, which commemorates the Norman Conquest of England in 1066, depicts an image of ____________________  comet bright in the sky before the Battle of Hastings.
  • 10. 
    What Goes Around Comes Around____________________  ___________________ developed a theory that comets reappear.  He predicted the comet's next appearance. 
  • 11. 
    What Goes Around Comes AroundHalley’s comet reappears every ________________   years. Its next appearance is in 2061.
  • 12. 
    Forecast: Showers?When a comet crosses Earth's path, _______________________ showers, from the comet's debris strike the atmosphere. 
  • 13. 
    Forecast: Showers?The Perseid meteor shower occurs every year between _________________ 9 and 13 when the Earth passes through the orbit of the Swift-Tuttle comet.
  • 14. 
    Forecast: Showers?Comets are brightest when they are near the ________________.
  • 15. 
    A Crash Course?Sixty-five million years ago, ______________ percent of all species then living on Earth disappeared within a very short time. 
  • 16. 
    A Crash Course?There is a 65-million-year-old crater from an impact of similar magnitude just off the coast of ____________________ in the Yucatan Peninsula.
  • 17. 
    A Crash Course?Is it likely that an asteroid or comet will hit the Earth in the next few 100 years?
    • A. 


    • B. 


  • 18. 
    Famous CometsHale Bopp comet is a large comet about _____________ miles across.It was visible with the naked eye for ________________ months. (2 answers)
  • 19. 
    Famous CometsThe ____________-_____________ comet leaves debris when it passes by Earth, causing the Perseid meteor shower in July and August.  
  • 20. 
    Famous CometsOn January 30, 1996, Yuji Hyakutake (pronounced "hyah-koo-tah-kay"), an amateur astronomer from southern Japan, discovered a new comet using a pair of ________________.
  • 21. 
    Famous CometsAstronomers have calculated Comet Hyakutake's orbit and believe it was here about _________________  years ago. 
  • 22. 
    Famous CometsComet ______________  is perhaps the most famous comet in history
  • 23. 
    Famous CometsEach time Halley's  comet's orbit approaches the Sun, its 15-km (9-mile) nucleus sheds about 6 m (7 yards) of _______ _________ _________ into space. This debris forms an orbiting trail that, when falling to Earth, is called the Orionids meteor shower.
  • 24. 
    Famous CometsBetween July 16 and July 22, 1994, more than _________ fragments of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 collided with the planet Jupiter.
  • 25. 
    Famous Comets In 1994, the impact of Comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 with the planet Jupiter was the first collision of two Solar System bodies ever to be ___________________  .
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