The Bible According to Einstein's book of Comets

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318                       The Bible According to Einstein
The fourteenth book of Planetology, called

Comets

Verily in the heavens and the Earth
are signs for those who do believe.

Chapter I: Origin

And the Sun shall have visitors
from the outer reaches of the solar system,
where, except for tiny spots of starlight,
darkness reigns.

And it shall come to pass that, at thousands of astronomical units from the Sun, a ten-kilometer-sized body of ices, dust and grit shall be knocked out of orbit and toward the Sun. And several tens of thousands of years later, it shall pass by the planet Pluto. And as it nears the Sun, the Sun shall warm its body. And frozen gases shall evaporate releasing dust-particles and grains. And the gases shall reflect Sun's light and glow. And this shall be a comet.

Chapter II: Structure
And luminous gas shall swell about its core. And this shall be the coma of the comet. And solar radiation shall blow the comet's dust. And the solar wind shall blow the comet's gas. And like unto the blue flame of a blowtorch, a long whitish streak of glowing dust and gas shall form. And this shall be the tail of the comet.
     And when the comet arcs around the Sun and moves away from it, the tail shall not point toward the Sun -- the tail shall point away. And to thee who hath not knowledge, this shall seem strange, for the coma shall be moving at its tail. But verily is this natural, for the tail shall be blown by the Sun's wind -- the tail shall not be a trail of dust exhaust. And when the comet ventures far enough away, the Sun shall cease to heat the frozen gases. Then the comet shall grow dark again.

Chapter III: Orbit, Size, Life and Death
Now some comets perturbed by the gravity of Jupiter and Saturn or bumping with asteroid shall be captured in the inner solar system. Moving in great ellipses, they shall visit Sun every few years, few decades, or few centuries. And these shall be the comets with short periods.
     And those comets seen by thee from Earth shall typically have a ten-kilometer-sized body, a coma swelling to several thousand kilometers, and a tail often as long as one-hundred-million kilometers in length. Now ye who first sights the comet shall claim the comet and have the comet named for thee. So the names of comets shall be Tycho Brahe, Halley, Encke, Tuttle, Pons-Winnecke, Wolf, Shoemaker-Levy, Whipple, Hale-Bopp and so on.


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     Now some comets, as they approach the Sun, shall heat sufficiently to break up into pieces. The destruction of such comets shall soon follow. Most comets shall make a thousand solar visits before their final breakup. And since every comet shall eventually breakup and disappear, comets shall have lifetimes. But clouds of debris in the outer reaches of the solar system shall from time to time supply new comets.
     Now at any given moment, the number of comets shall be more than a trillion. But their mass, when all combined, shall total just a few times the Earth's mass. And they shall visit the Sun so rarely or be so dim that few of them be visible from Earth. And when they come, they shall remain for several months and then be gone. And in the night sky, ye on Earth shall see the biggest with tails stretching a dozen moons in length. But small ones shall be seen by thee only in a telescope. And the smallest shall pass by unseen.


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