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Comet Sense (2)

Sun, 18th Nov 2001

Part of the show Medicine in the Tropics

A new comet is coming to the skies of Cambridge for Christmas. It's called 2000WH1, an is set to appear soon, but it won't be back for a while. Scientists are predicting that it will not apear again for at least another 100,000 years. The comet measures 2 miles across, is travelling along at 125,000 miles per hour an will pass within 30 million miles of the Earth in early december. Scientists are predicting that it should be quite bright and easy to see, but don't get your hopes up too much - they say 'it will be little more than a fuzzy patch in the sky"!
NASA Stardust probe collects world's first samples of comet dust from Wild 2.


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