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Long Hair

T hough comets themselves are only kilometres across, the gas and dust freed from their icy surfaces can stretch vast distances, blown by the solar wind and by radiation pressure. Here, a bright comet passes behind the Earth as it heads towards the Sun, its tail – longer than the radius of Earth's orbit – dwarfing the puny planet and its satellite.

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Name: Long Hair

Category: Solar System

Medium: Photoshop

Date: 2001

Client: Cambridge University Press

Tags: Earth Moon coma comet planet terrestrial planet