View Full Version : Do Comet Jets Blow Them off Course?

2004-Jan-15, 07:15 AM
One of the stories on the recent visit of a probe to a comet talked about how the apparent craters were actually places where gases vent out of the comet.

Does the gravity of the comet eventually collect most of its gases when it heads out away from the sun?

Do these outgassings blow the comet off course, or is the momentum conserved by the gases being captured by the comet's gravity?

2004-Jan-16, 05:05 AM
Are talking about the Solar Wind or the comet explosion?