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Comet Halley

Average distance from the Sun     highly elongated orbit that takes it very close to the Sun and then
  flings it out into the outer solar system, well past the orbit of Pluto
Diameter of Nucleus     15 km x 7 km
Mass     1.7 e15 kilograms
Orbital period around the Sun     76 Earth years
Halley is perhaps the most famous comet in history. This is the comet that proved correct Edmund Halley's prediction that it would reappear. It is responsible for depositing the debris that, when falling through Earth's atmosphere, causes the Orionid meteor showers.

Our Solar System

Our solar system is located on the edge of a spiral arm called Orion’s Arm, and is one-half to two-thirds of the way (28,000 light-years) from the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

The Sun, Sol

The Inner Planets
    The Moon

The Asteroid Belt
  Dwarf planet, Ceres
  Asteroid, Ida
  Asteroid, Vesta
  Asteroid, Eros

The Outer Planets

The Kuiper Belt
  Dwarf planet, Pluto
  Dwarf planet, Eris

The Oort Cloud
  Dwarf planet, Sedna
  Comet Halley
  Comet Hale-Bopp

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