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Comets Play An Important Role
By Dr. Jean-Marc Perelmuter

The Ojibwa, a native American tribe of the Great Lakes region, tell the story of creation as a visit by a "long tailed heavenly climbing star" " Genondahwayanung. Although the visitor burned all life on Earth, Chimanitou (a Holy Spirit) warned the Ojibwa to roll themselves in mud and they alone survived.
The commonly held view by scientists is that the nucleic acids which form the basis of life were synthesized during an electrical storm. Another less known theory suggests acids were not originally manufactured on our planet but imported. Although unlikely, the idea that our biological building blocks are extraterrestrial in origin is not impossible.
To import the fragile acids of life from anywhere outside Earth, one needs mobile chilled containers like the ice cream trucks crisscrossing America. Of course, these are busy serving kids. The next best thing to ice cream trucks for refrigerated space travel are comets, also known as long tailed heavenly climbing stars. They have small solid cores surrounded by a thick layer of ice naturally insulated by the vacuum of outer space.
Comets have held a special place in our history. Whether spiritually, politically or scientifically, comets " or our interpretation of the phenomenon known as comet " have steered, enlightened, and affected our lives.
Only a handful of comets are visible to the naked eyes, such as Halley and Hale-Bopp, but the solar system contains hundreds of thousands of comets, perhaps even millions. Most remain invisible in a cloud ten thousand times further from the sun than Earth. sunlight there is so faint it barely illuminates their relatively small bodies. A comet is typically several miles in diameter, in contrast a planet is thousands of miles in diameter.
Comets become visible when a gravitational disruption " such as the passing of a planet " ejects them from their cloud and they are captured by the sun's gravitational field. They then set on an elongated orbit which takes them within eyesight of Earthlings. The orbit can take a few years to thousands of years to complete.
The comet's tail always points opposite the sun. This phenomenon led to the understanding that sunlight provides a measure of pressure. As a comet approaches the sun, heat evaporates its surface layer and sunlight pushes the evaporated ice into a long tail. It is this outward pressure which " in the sun's interior " stops the star from imploding under its own weight.
Halley's comet was just as enlightening for the theory of gravitation. When Newton first formulated his idea that matter attracted matter, skeptics abounded. But in 1682, astronomer Edmund Halley predicted the return of a comet based on Newton's theory. Seventy-six years later, on Christmas Eve of 1758 the comet returned as predicted by Halley, then dead for eleven years. It was the final confirmation that gravitation indeed worked and this brought Halley's comet much fame.
But comets had been famous well before. The appearance of a comet has often been interpreted as an omen of some sort. <!--In 1066, upon the appearance of a comet, Merlin advised Prince Uter of Britain to invade Normandy " it was none other but comet Halley. More-- Recently, a group of people chose to believe an alien spaceship trailed comet Hale-Bopp and committed suicide as a way to enter the ship. Somehow, comets find ways to disturb or inspire us.
Halley's comet returned in 1910, close enough for Earth to pass through its tail, and anti-comet pills became as popular as anti-aging snake oil. In 1995, comet Shoemaker-Levy broke up and parts of it fell on Jupiter. Suddenly, questions were raised about the mortality of our species: What if it had been Earth?
Recently, a new type of comet has surfaced on pictures from NASA's Polar satellite. These comets are dozens of feet in diameter instead of several miles and composed almost exclusively of ice instead of ice, methane, and iron. Suggested ten years ago but rejected then, the evidence seems to show that Earth is impacted by these objects up to several thousand times a day.
To explain these small comets, a second comet cloud near Neptune has been suggested, and for disruption, an invisible large planet that passes near it every 26 million years. It seems rather unlikely to have one extra planet in our solar system conveniently invisible and with such a radically different orbital period than all others. The satellite pictures, however, seem difficult to deny.
Again, comets disturb our views of the solar system and even of the origins of life. While one comet loaded with nucleic acids may not have been enough to start life on Earth, how about a thousand a day? And if these small comets did import life to this planet, how about other planets? Scientists are decidedly sounding more like storytellers, and astrophysics like Native American folklore. Perhaps that should have been our starting point.