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What is the Oort Cloud?

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What is the Oort Cloud?

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answered 2016-08-02 22:09:17 -0600

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The Oort cloud is a hypothesized spherical reservoir of comet nuclei, the bulk of which would orbit roughly 50,000 AU - nearly a light-year - from the Sun. No confirmed direct observations of the Oort cloud have been made yet, but astronomers believe that it is the source of all long-period comets that enter the inner Solar System when their orbits are disturbed.

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