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What direction does a comet tail point?


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Away from the Sun. The comet's tail consists of dust and gases stirred up by the solar wind, the consdtant stream of ions from the Sun.

Richard E. Barrans Jr., Ph.D.
Assistant Director
PG Research Foundation, Darien, Illinois



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