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Comparing Comets
Comet Tempel 1

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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]