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Comets could hold the secret of how life began on Earth

By Frank Close   January 2014

Comet Ison: “We still know relatively little about comets. So when a new one appears, there is a unique opportunity to study these fossil relics”

“Comets are like cats: they have tails and do what they want.” This piece of astronomical folklore was confirmed once again as the “comet of the century”—Comet Ison—or formally “C/2012 S/1” hurtled towards the sun in the past few months with the promise of being “brighter than the full moon.”

The hype, however, omitted some important facts. First, on 28th November,…

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