With buildings being constructed and civilization expanding to every corner of the globe, much of humanity has the naivety of thinking that they are one of the mighty forces of the Universe. The truth is, Humans are just one blip, nay something even less significant in the vast gargantuan creature that is the Universe.
The cosmos is beautiful, and expansive and within it are several Celestial Bodies, which are spread over the Universe and have a lot of variety between them. To begin understanding the scope of these Celestial Bodies, we have to look no further than our own Solar System, which itself is a mere blip in the Universe, and we are a mere blip within the Solar System.
Within our Solar System exist bodies such as Comets and Asteroids. They are remnants of the formation of the Solar System which is roughly 3 Billion Years younger than the Universe. They orbit the Sun, but don’t follow fixed orbits like the Planets, and follow more unusual Orbits.
While on the outside Comets and Asteroids may look similar, in reality, they cannot be more different. Sure, they may share some elements as we mentioned before, but when it comes down to it, they are two completely different Celestial Bodies.
You have to look no further than their composition to get to know that they are different. Asteroids are made from harder metallic Materials, Comets are less denser and are primarily made up of Ice, Dust, etc.
This means Asteroids are mostly immune to heat, while Comets melt away when they come near the Sun, which we see as a streak of light on Earth.
Asteroids are typically situated much closer to the Sun, and are actually situated between Planets in the Asteroid Belt. Comets, meanwhile are much further away, and are situated at the far edges of the Solar System. Due to this, Asteroids follow smaller Orbits while Comets follow much more expansive Orbits.
Indeed, it seems that there are more Asteroids in the Solar System than Comets. While millions of Asteroids have been discovered only a few thousand comets have been spotted, which is probably due to the fact that Asteroids are more resilient than Comets. While Comets may wither away at high temperatures, Asteroids are more tolerant and can resist higher Temperatures.
In fact, Asteroids are at risk only when they are colliding with another Celestial Body, such as another Asteroid.
Scientists are excited about studying Comets and Asteroids, as they are remnants from the early days of the Universe, and only they can provide any clue about why the Universe is the way it is. How did life originate? How did the Universe form? How did the Solar System form? All these questions can be answered by studying Comets and Asteroids, which hold the key to future scientific Developments.
The unending quest for knowledge can be taken one step forward with Comets and Asteroids, which have a lot of information that we may find useful.
Indeed, within a few Decades, our main goal has shifted from putting Man on the Moon and other Celestial Bodies, to sending robotic Probes out into space to explore the vast expanse of Space in conditions Man cannot survive on. In fact, many Space Agencies are planning to land a probe on an Asteroid thus enabling exploration. This would have been near impossible without Probes, as protecting Humans from the harsh conditions of outer space is expensive and takes some of the effort away from the main goal of exploration.
Comets and Asteroids, no matter how different they are, they are together the only portal to the Universe’s past, and with them, we can finally solve why and how we are existing this very moment.
Asteroids are typically situated much closer to the Sun, and are actually situated between Planets in the Asteroid Belt. Comets, meanwhile are much further away, and are situated at the far edges of the Solar System.