A review of cometary sciences

  title={A review of cometary sciences},
  author={Fred Lawrence Whipple},
  journal={Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences},
  pages={339 - 347}
  • F. Whipple
  • Published 30 September 1987
  • Physics, Geology
  • Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. Series A, Mathematical and Physical Sciences
This paper presents an elementary description of comets and their nature. It deals with the contribution from comets to the solid particles that produce the Zodiacal Light and discusses the possibility that some comets in short-period orbits may degenerate into asteroids. The evidence suggests that this may well have happened for the Trojan and other of the outer asteroids but that the near-Earth asteroids and the meteorites are largely not cometary in origin. The last section of the paper… 
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