The Oort Cloud...and Comets too!
Below: Map of the Oort Cloud
The Oort Cloud - not to be confused with:
"Our Remaining Tidbits"
...as in the Merrowvista "O.R.T. report"
"Ooh, Aah, O.R.T. Report, I say Ooh, Aah, O.R.T. Report, Woo, Woo."
Above: Jan Hendrik Oort, (1900 - 1992), Dutch
(He discovered the Oort Cloud in 1950)
FYI - Comets are nicknamed:
"Dirty Snowballs" or Long-Haired Stars."
Comets were historically believed to be bad omens:
(If a comet appeared in the sky, then bad times were coming.)
Click here: Comet Superstition and Lore
Below: Chinese silk painting (First Comet Ever Recorded)
Below: The Egyptian Comet God
The Greeks were the first to ever record Halley's Comet in 466 B.C.
Click here: Comet Missions and Space Exploration
Above: First Ever Photograph of a Comet: Comet Wild
Below: Artist's Concept of Comet Wild and Stardust
Below: Beach at Night with Comet McNaught, Fireworks, and Lightning
Click here: Award-Winning Comet Photo (Enlarged)
Below: Comet tails can extend for millions of miles in space.
Coma (frozen comet core)
Dust Tail and Ion Tail (electrically charged atoms),
Click here: The Oort Cloud / Comet / Anatomy of a Comet / Comets
FYI: The "tail" of a comet always points away from the sun.
Parts of a Comet: Coma, Nucleus, Head, Dust Tail, Ion (Gas) Tail
Below: Comet Hale-Bopp
Below: Comet Hyakutaki
Below: Halley's Comet
Comets move in highly elliptical orbits as shown above.
Below: Chart of Annual (comet debris) Meteor Showers
||Short, sharp maximum
||Fine, swift trails
||Slow meteors, can be good
||Now almost extinct
||Can be rich