Tail of a comet

(Astron.) a luminous train extending from the nucleus or body, often to a great distance, and usually in a direction opposite to the sun.

See also: Tail

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
"And," continued Michel, "do we not know that in 1861 the earth passed through the tail of a comet? Or let us suppose a comet whose power of attraction is greater than that of the sun.
Muscat: Stargazers in Oman may be treated with a rare meteor showers on May 23 night as Earth passes through the tail of a comet. Speaking to Times of Oman, Mohammed Yahya Al Hijri, resident-foreign affairs, Oman Astronomical Society, said residents can see as many as 1,000 shooting stars per hour between 10pm and 5am.
In the movie, which was posted online, the amateur noticed that the ion tail of a comet called 2P/Encke got crunched, and then ripped off.