As we all know over the past few months we have had a lot of out of the ordinary things in science happen. First the Tsunami and earthquake that hit Japan and set off a scare that their damaged nuclear facilities could leak enough radiation that would make the Three-Mile Island nuclear disaster that happened in 1980 look like a puddle of spilled water, we have had the out of the ordinary storms that have pummeled the South and now a little comet by the name of Elenin " has taken a left turn out of its normal orbit and has taken more of a direct route toward Earth.
This little comet was first discovered Leonin Elenin who is an observer in Lyubertsy, Russia who first spotted the comet using the ISON-MM Observatory near Mayhill, New Mexico. The scientific name for this comet is C/2010 X1.
When the comet was first spotted about four months ago it was around 401 million miles from Earth. Now the little comet has closed the gap a little closer to Earth and is now around 274 million miles away as it stays on the course towards perihelion which is the closest point to the sun.
If anyone has ever studied comets this is really what they do. They start out on a course and change their course frequently has they speed through the star lit galaxies like a glowing snow ball. This is really a normal thing for any comet to do. Don Yeoman who works for NASA`s Near-Earth Objects Program Office stated, "That is what happens with these long-period comets that come in from way outside our planetary system, "They make these long, majestic, speedy arcs through our solar system, and sometimes they put on a great show. But not Elenin. Right now that comet looks kind of wimpy." (ScienceDaily.com)
When NASA talks about and defines the term wimpiness " they are referring to what a comet may or will look like as it passes by us. Elenin has not raised any eyebrows yet from NASA. It is so far a relatively small comet that would probably not inflict anymore damaged to anything it may impact than if you threw a rock through your neighbors window. Of course you can never be too sure of the size of any comet because you are looking at them through a telescope million of miles away so scientist normally chart the path of comets and keep an eye on them until they pass by us and our planet is out of harms way.
It just makes you wonder with everything we have seen over the past few months and now we have a comet inching closer to a collision course with Earth. And you have the 2012 phenomenon of the Mayan Calendar ending and all the hype that the end of time could happen. What could be next?
Comet Elenin is expected to be nothing more that a backyard cookout show when it passes Earth at its closest point on October 16 of this year. Since it is passing from the other end of the spectrum in our solar system you will probably need a very good pair of binoculars, a remote out of the way and dark location to even get a glimpse of the comet as it zooms by the horizon which at that time the comet will be about 22 million miles away.
Even though this is a small comet and is not expected to demolish our planet if it did collide with us, NASA is still looking at every avenue or effect the comet could have on our planet since it is passing by us at a very close distance. Some of the questions that are being look at are can this icy interloper influence us from where it is, or where it will be in the future? What about this celestial object inspiring some shifting of the tides or even tectonic plates here on Earth? (ScienceDaily.com)
Every now and again I am a little embarrassed to be part of the ufology and ancient astronaut theory crowd. Honestly, there are some real kooks out there that will come up with the wildest stories and lately, one of them, is that Comet Elenin (a.k.a. C2010 X1), a comet set to pass Earth in October, is somehow going to bring about earthquakes, tidal shifts, maybe even the end of the world depending on which wacko you believe.
Whenever I read these things, I always wonder for just a moment but then I immediately find myself trying to get to the source of it all. Frankly, in spite of all the conspiracy theories I believe in, I think the scientists involved in the field would have their reasons for not telling us, i.e. they don’t want to cause a panic with something that can be and probably will be diverted, or there really is no cause for alarm which is the case WAY more often than not.
Yes, big things have come barreling through our atmosphere before and you never know when a meteor is going to come falling out of the sky but facts are facts and there are a number of experts trying to put these rumors to bed. For instance, Discovery Science says that trajectory places it at about 21 million miles from Earth (more than 80 times farther away than the moon) at it’s closest pass and considering the minuscule size of the object it will have the equivalent effect on earth as a mosquito would if it hit head on with a ocean cruiser. In case you didn’t catch that, it won’t have ANY effect on Earth. It’s not going to slam into us, it’s not Nibiru, it’s not inhabited, it’s not the fulfillment of a Mayan prophecy, none of that. Even the closest fly-by’s of other comets haven’t created natural disasters historically and this one will be much farther away than many have been.
Web Abuzz over Elenin Comet and Object(s) Following it
Monday, 09 May 2011
The internet is abuzz over new reports in regards to the Elenin Comet which is headed towards Earth, but more so of what is behind it...
Based on reports published by China's space agency, Sergio Toscano, a director for Astronomical Research in Missions, said that behind the Elenin comet could be an UFO approaching.
"Behind the comet, discovered in December last year, Chinese scientists say there is a phenomenon, something they called cluster, which means globular cluster, or perhaps alien spacecraft," said Toscano.
According to the report quoting the astronomer mission, the space body would be found in the comet's tail and was analyzed after the mysterious signals that came off of an unknown "strange and obscure" formation.
In the words of Toscano, the Chinese have said that the spacecraft is stationed in the same place for ninety days, "before that looked like it was coming from an extraterrestrial civilization," said the Argentine scientist.
According to the Daily Chronicle, this phenomenon was corroborated by Rosie Redfiel, the new director of the Program of NASA's Astrobiology.
"But when NASA began to make calculations and projections of comet's orbit, they realized that something was wrong and the first thing they did was remove the website which provided information on this issue," said Toscano.