Oort clood

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The Oort clood /ˈɔrt/[1] (named efter the Dutch astronomer Jan Oort), or Öpik–Oort clood,[2] is a hypothesized spherical clood o predominantly icy planetesimals that mey lie roughly 50,000 AU, or nearly a licht-year, frae the Sun.[3] This places the clood at nearly a quarter o the distance tae Proxima Centauri, the nearest starn tae the Sun.

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  1. "Oort". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. 2001. 
  2. Whipple, F. L.; Turner, G.; McDonnell, J. A. M.; Wallis, M. K. (1987-09-30). "A Review of Cometary Sciences". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society A (Royal Society Publishing) 323 (1572): 339–347 [341]. Bibcode:1987RSPTA.323..339W. doi:10.1098/rsta.1987.0090. 
  3. Alessandro Morbidelli (2006). "Origin and dynamical evolution of comets and their reservoirs of water ammonia and methane.". arXiv:astro-ph/0512256 [astro-ph].