ANN ARBOR --- As often happens in science, an experiment looking for something else entirely has stumbled upon a dramatic new finding: The ionized vapor trails left behind by comets as they zing past our sun may be billions of miles longer than anyone previously recognized. That means that comets have probably been spreading more "star stuff" around the solar system than had been thought, and it opens up the possibility of new ways to capture and measure the contents of comets, which are believed to be frozen records of our solar system's birth.
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