Direct Detection of Extrasolar Comets Is Possible

  title={Direct Detection of Extrasolar Comets Is Possible},
  author={M. Jura},
  journal={The Astronomical Journal},
  pages={1261 - 1266}
  • M. Jura
  • Published 24 May 2005
  • Physics, Geology
  • The Astronomical Journal
The dust tails of comets similar to Hale-Bopp can scatter as much optical sunlight as does the Earth. Space-based observatories such as the Terrestrial Planet Finder or Darwin that will detect extrasolar terrestrial planets also will be able to detect extrasolar comets. 

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