Comets: Origin & Properties


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Long period comets likely originate in the:

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1. A comet's gas tail is also known as the:

2. The bright head of a comet, made up of a spherical cloud of gas and dust around the nucleus of a comet, is known as a:

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Explore the Oort cloud and Kuiper belt in this lesson to learn about the origin and properties of comets. This quiz/worksheet combo will test your knowledge of where these entities originate and how they are formed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this assessment, you will be tested on:

  • Origination of long-period comets
  • Identification of a comet's properties
  • Definition of key terms related to comets

Skills Practiced

These assessments will allow students practice in the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related comet lesson
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define parts of a comet, such as coma, nucleus, gas tail and dust tail
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast short-period and long-period comets
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the origin and properties of comets

Additional Learning

To learn more about comets, review the lesson on Origin & Properties of Comets. This lesson and its companion assessments contain the following objectives:

  • Identify properties of comets
  • Describe origin of comets
  • Define Oort cloud and Kuiper belt