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Phaethon, the solar system’s sodium-fizzing asteroid

Phaethon, the solar system’s sodium-fizzing asteroid

Source: NASA Spaceflight
Date Published: 09/04/2021

Comets are famous for their expansive, colorful, and stunning tails of gas, ice, rock, and various other material. These tails occur as a comet’s icy nucleus is heated as it nears the Sun, releasing ice gases during a process called “outgassing.”

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