Fifth Years Lesson Four

Professor Sarah Harrington

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Professor Harrington wondered how the fifth years were fairing, they seemed to all being doing well in their lessons. "This week we are moving on from the Moon and going further out to comets. They are a rather rare sight but we are effected everyday by them. They have tails that stretch across the solar system as they come close to the sun, warming their icy cold centers," Professor Sarah started on this week's lecture. She hoped the students wouldn't be bored by another, but she knew next week would be full of exciting lessons if they only make it through this year. "Comets are often during their formation created nearer to planets and as smaller planetary bodies they can be referred to as planetesimals. Made of small specs of dust and ice fused together forming larger bodies. Comets are these planetesimals that were pushed to the brink of our solar system during the time of formation," Sarah spouted out feeling as thought it were all a lot to say. She hoped the students understood.

"Think of them as very giant dirty snowballs, and that's basically what they are in a simple sense. They come from two places The Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud, as you can imagine they come from a very great distance away," Sarah said to the class. "Now occasionally one of these planetesimals will be nudged or kicked from their typical orbit causing them to head towards the center of the solar system, those are what we then would refer to as comets. This is when the tails will form as the inner section is much warmer from the Sun than the farther reaches of the Solar System," Sarah said with a smile, she found all this talk about great travel very exciting indeed.

"Now, a comet doesn't live forever once it's begun this new orbit that brings it close to the Sun. While on the rare chance a comet runs into any of the planets, it's more likely the comet will continue to circle the Sun for thousands of years each time melting within the Inner Solar System becoming smaller and smaller until it is nothing at all," Sarah said commented on the life of the comets. "Now on average a major comet can be seen from Earth around every five years, however each comet is different including the length of time it is visible and the Hemisphere you can see the comet in varies. Also depending on where the comet is coming from the time between visits will vary greatly."

Looking to the watch on her arm, Sarah was surprised by the amount of time had passed. Last week it seemed she was able to fit so much in but this week it seemed comets took more time than she had thought. "Oh, looks like we've run out of time for this week, uh, no homework! Enjoy your time off of that by studying the skies!" Professor Sarah said waving her wand to open the door and see the students out.

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Simon Vanity

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Simon was very grateful for the fact as time headed towards exams fast approached. He was doing his OWLs and that to him was more important than any other responsibility that he had, it was more important than his quidditch, than any prefect duties and more important than Diana and his current fight with Charlotte. The teen needed to focus and he needed to pass his exams more than anything. He had to focus on his education, that was the most important part for him, this year he had thrown himself into all sorts during this year but with time, he knew he would manage just fine and when this point in the year came to an end he could pick up all those other things with relative ease once the time passed, he was sure that Diana would get it and if she didn’t then that was fine to him. He liked her a lot but it wasn’t pivotal that they were together to him. The teen was getting ready for the day grabbing all of the little bits and pieces that he would need for the day ahead of him. He made sure to have everything in his bag ready to go most of the time well before he would need to, however he always needed to put in the homework and then he was ready the part-veela left the room. Simon walked into the astronomy classroom and took his usual spot in the classroom. His gaze shifted to the professor at the front of the room as the professor got started. They would be covering comets that day which was definitely interesting enough. He pulled his notes towards him and began taking notes from what the professor was saying. He was sure to get everything important that she was saying down, comets were definitely something that would come up in the OWL, there was little doubt about that in his mind. Eventually though the lesson’s lecture was wrapped up and he headed out of the classroom.
 

Shane Ackley

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Shane had sort of broken up with Charlotte, it wasn’t a real break up, they hadn’t ever really been dating, but he was done with making some other jealous about a girl that though stunning interchangeable with anyone else that Shane could spend the time with. He liked Charlotte but he hadn’t wanted to keep going to these events with her when he just didn’t like her like that. She wasn’t someone he needed to do anything for and he had done more than enough, so yeah, he’d broken up with her in the loosest definition of the word. He didn’t feel any different about anything as he had the week before, the break up hadn’t really affected him at all. Perhaps only in that he was happy to no longer have to escort her to events when all he wanted to do was kiss as many people as possible. The teen was getting together for the day ahead of him, knowing that this would be a long and dull day but that he would just have to push through it. Soon the week would be over and the next and though he loved this school he could admit he was looking forward to being able to relax a little more. Shane grabbed his bag when he noticed the time, quickly made sure everything was in it and then headed out of the dorm. Shane walked into the astronomy classroom and took his spot in the room. The teen took out his books and notes and placed them down on the table in front of him as the professor began the lecture, talking about comets. The teen followed along with the lesson easily. It was something he’d covered early in his last school, but it hadn’t been in this sort of detail or as well put. He’d always found astronomy to be a real drag in his last school. Far less so at this one. The lecture was eventually rounded off and Shane packed up his things and headed out of the room.
 

Stella Wright

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Stella was growing more and more anxious as the exams approached. She knew she would do well, like she always did, she must do, but these would be the first truly significant exams she’d taken, and the thought weighed on her. At least she and Zoe were back on speaking terms again, which not only gave Stella her best friend back, but made for one less thing to worry about and a much more relaxed atmosphere in the dormitory.

Stella was eager for another interesting lecture, and interested to hear that this one would be about comets. She hadn’t really thought about comets in a long time, being more interested in stars and planets, so some of the material in the lesson was unfamiliar to her; she hadn’t thought of them as Kuiper Belt objects, though of course that made sense. Stella took detailed notes, as always, and gleefully took the opportunity to stargaze for a while after the lesson.
 

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