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Comets are cosmic snowballs of frozen gases, rock and dust roughly the size of a small town. When a comet's orbit brings it close to the sun, it heats up and spews dust and gases into a giant glowing head larger than most planets. The dust and gases form a tail that stretches away from the sun for millions of kilometers.

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facula

A circular to subcircular region which is brighter than the surrounding area.

filament

A strand of cool gas suspended over the photosphere by magnetic fields, which appears dark as seen against the disk of the Sun; a filament on the limb of the Sun seen in emission against the dark sky is called a prominence.

Filament on the fiery surface of the sun.
fireball

A bright meteor.

fissure

a narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth.

fluctus

Flow terrain.

fossa

A long, narrow, shallow depression.

fracture

A break or crack.

friction

The rubbing of one surface or thing again another.

 
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facula

A circular to subcircular region which is brighter than the surrounding area.

filament

A strand of cool gas suspended over the photosphere by magnetic fields, which appears dark as seen against the disk of the Sun; a filament on the limb of the Sun seen in emission against the dark sky is called a prominence.

Filament on the fiery surface of the sun.
fireball

A bright meteor.

fissure

a narrow opening or crack of considerable length and depth.

fluctus

Flow terrain.

fossa

A long, narrow, shallow depression.

fracture

A break or crack.

friction

The rubbing of one surface or thing again another.