Cooking a Comet

    Published: 06-16-2009
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    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center shows what happens when a comet nears the sun.

     

    Animators at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center created this interesting cooking video – “How to Cook a Comet.”  Step 1- sublimation.  Before it even reaches Mars, some 230 million miles away from the sun, the radiation of the sun begins to cook off the frozen water ice directly.  Step 2- if the comet survives sublimation, the intense radiation and pressure closer to the sun could destroy the comet all together.  And that’s the sun’s simple recipe for cooked comet.