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“Doomsday” Comet Elenin On its Closest Approach To Earth (video)

The icy comet, described as about “Doomsday Comet”, makes its closest approach to Earth on Sunday (October 16, 2011).

Elenin, last comet to visit the inner solar system, will pass about 22 million kilometers (35000000 km) from Earth, more than 90 times the distance to the moon.

Comet Elenin named Russian amateur astronomer Leonid Elenin, who discovered it in December 2010.

Astronomers and other space enthusiasts have long pondered the question of whether Elenin could hit the ground or to conquer the Earth away from the polarity of the sun. In fact, sites dedicated to the comet has been established, the internet forums are full of proposals that NASA has not adequately address the potential risk posed by “icy dirtball”, as it is described in the Space Agency.

NASA scientists have, however, for the comet as “wimpy” compared to the Hale-Bopp (pictured above left), who flashed across our skies in 1997.

Astronomer Don Yeomans near-Earth Object program office is NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, is said to have been erroneous speculation on the Internet that the comet Elenin Still other celestial bodies, may have an impact on the Earth and the external forces can lead to Elenin Making closer to the Earth.

“Everyone around the comet Elenin Still other celestial bodies, are insignificant, and the comet did not encounter a dark bodies, which may confuse its orbit, nor does it affect us in any way on this earth,” said Yeomans.

“Comet Elenin is not only far away, it is also on the small side for comets,” Yeomans said. “And comets are the most densely packed objects out there. They usually have a density as loosely packed icy dirt.”

Comet images captured by amateur astronomer Elenin, Michael Mattiazzo South Comets (video below), for several days in August 2011 showed what appeared to be the core without breaking apart and fading away as it approaches perihelion, point in its orbit, where it is closest to the sun. NASA says the most likely Elenin is now powered by comet debris and intact.

Comet Elenin to pass through our solar system, VERY close to Earth Oct. 17th 2011


Comet Elenin should be at its brightest shortly before the time of its closest approach to Earth on Oct. 16 of this year. At its closest point, it will be 35 million kilometers (22 million miles) from us. 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?

Here’s the NASA link to their website to track the impact of planet Elenin:

comet Elenin

comet Elenin

There have been some incorrect Internet speculations that external forces could cause comet Elenin to come closer.

The important date regions are: (approximate, as the comet gets closer the trajectories get more accurate)

June 15th (comet enters our system)
October 17th (closest point …very large gravitational effects on the sun and earth)
November 5th (crossing the tail of the comet, much debris)

The effects on the earth’s magnetic field or the tectonic stability is not completely understood.

NASA has made a limited amount of information public, there seems to be an effort to down-play the event in the mainstream media. There are conflicting reports of the gravitational effect of the comet on the earth. The debris field the earth will pass through could also damage communication satellites from micro meteors.