1 item with the tag “dust activity

  • Comet Kopff Thermal Modelling
    NAI 2009 University of Hawaii, Manoa Annual Report

    We examine the behavior of a typical comet, designated 22P/Kopff, as it orbits the Sun. When the comet approaches the minimum distance form the Sun, a heat wave penetrates from the surface inwards. This input of heat causes the material to change. These changes invoke an outflow of various gases and solids, which are responsible for the patterns of activity, visible as a coma and tail.