3 weeks ago Grade -10 (SEE) Astronomy

Difference between Comets and Asteroids

What is the difference between comet and asteroid?

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3 weeks ago Tribhuvan University > Institute of Science and Technology > B.Sc. (CSIT)
Difference Between Asteroid and Comet
Asteroid Comet
Asteroids have an elliptical orbit Comets have an eccentric orbit.
It is made of metals and rocks Made of rocks, hydrocarbons, and ice
Do not produce a coma or tail atmosphere Thin, temporary atmospheric tail when close to the Sun.
The orbital period is 1 to 100 years The orbital periods are 75 to more than 100,000 years.
1 to larger than 100 kilometers in size 1 to 10 kilometer in size (nucleus only)

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