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Fri January 4, 2013
NPR Story

A Journey To The Oort Cloud, Where Comets Are Born

Originally published on Fri January 4, 2013 1:33 pm

The comet ISON, discovered by two amateur astronomers last year, will zoom past the Earth next fall. But where did it come from? Astronomer Andrew Fraknoi says a passing star could have flung the comet our way from the Oort Cloud, a distant realm of ice chunks at the outer limits of the solar system.