Comets do not give off their own light but reflect light from other sources, such as the Sun. Scientists estimate the...

Marianne on June 6 at 03:02PM

I don’t quite understand question 16

I chose D. Not sure why B is correct

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Ravi on June 7 at 06:38PM


Happy to help. Let's take a look at (D) and (B).

(D) says, "The reflective properties of the material of which comets
are composed vary considerably from comet to comet."

The problem with (D) is that we don't have any sort of idea of how
reflective the other comets are. We could have simply just been
incorrect about all comets, so this is why (D) is out.

(B) says, "Previous estimates of the mass of Halley’s comet which were
based on its brightness were too low."

(B) looks great. Halley's comet has greater mass than we would have
anticipated based on its brightness, so the former estimates of
Halley's mass had to have been too low, making (B) the correct answer.

Hope this helps. Let us know if you have any other questions!