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Comparing Comets

Comet Tempel 1

Audience: Educators
Grades: 7-12

In this activity, students do the following:

  • Compare surface features on the nucleus of two comets.
  • Explain some possible causes for differences between the two nuclei.
  • List questions that they have about the surface of comet nuclei.

The student pages include images of comet Wild 2 (pronounced "Vilt-2") and comet Tempel 1 for students to compare the nucleus of each. The student pages also include a digital image analysis procedure for high school students.

Comparing Comets teacher pages [98KB PDF file]
Comparing Comets student pages [94KB PDF file]

Page Last Updated: December 10th, 2014
Page Editor: Flint Wild