Comet Elenin on Sept. 14, 2011. Image and annotated chart by Michael Mattiazzo. Used by permission

Comet Elenin is Now Fading Away

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As far as Comet Elenin goes, the only chance of impending doom is for the comet itself: it is disintegrating and quickly fading away. Australian amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo has been monitoring this comet’s trip toward perihelion (closest point in its orbit to the Sun), which occurred on September 10, 2011, and he says Comet Elenin has likely has not survived. The image above was taken by Mattiazzo on today (Sept. 14) and it is barely visible as a disintegrating smudge.

Comet Elenin – the comet that has created a hoopla of completely nonsensical, non-scientific doomsday predictions — faded dramatically after being hit by a solar flare on August 20, as we reported earlier. Subsequent images revealed a spreading, diffuse coma. It will likely continue to fade and become more diffuse.

Elenin’s mass is smaller than average and its trajectory will take it no closer than 34 million km (21 million miles) of Earth as it circles the Sun. It will make its closest approach to Earth on October 16th, but was closest to the Sun on Sept. 10.

“On the night of August 19th, I estimated the brightness of comet Elenin as magnitude 8.1 and it was on target for naked eye observability in September,” Mattiazzo wrote on his website, Southern Comets. “On the following night of the 20th, the comet had faded dramatically by half a magnitude and appeared more diffuse. This was a sign of impending doom for comet Elenin.”

Elenin is at about magnitude 10 now, and fading as it is in the process of disintegrating.

It failed to recover, (you can see a series of images taken between August 19 and September 11 on Mattiazzo’s website), with the comet’s the nucleus taking on an elongated appearance with progressive fading.

Comet Elenin on Sept. 11, 2011. 20x10second exposures taken with a C11 SCT and Starlight Express MX7c CCD imager. Credit: Michael Mattiazzo. Used by permission

“Such acts of disruption are all too common for small comets that have close encounters with the Sun,” Mattiazzo said.

One of the most spectacular examples of a comet breaking apart occurred in July 2000 when comet C/1999 S4 LINEAR disintegrated and several observatories had a good view of the action.

A closeup photo of the breakup of Comet S4 LINEAR taken on August 6, 2000 by the European Very Large Telescope (VLT) in Chile. Credit: ESO

Elenin is now nearly in an inferior solar conjunction, where it will be directly between the Earth and the Sun (so we won’t be able to see it due to the brightness of the Sun). Another amateur astronomer from Australia, Ian Musgrave, says it is doubtful that it will be bright enough to see in the cameras from the Sun-orbiting SOHO spacecraft, and that we will probably have to wait until October when the comet moves away from the Sun for powerful Earth-based telescopes to try and find if any of the comet survives.

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Chew Tansy
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Chew Tansy
September 15, 2011 12:00 AM

The nonsense won’t completely die until sometime in October when some of the nuts are predicting doom. The next Doomsday in the near future is Sep. 26 because that’s when the Sun, Elenin, and the Earth are aligned. Something about a magnetic portal and a gravity trench…

Chew Tansy
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Chew Tansy
September 15, 2011 12:00 AM

The nonsense won’t completely die until sometime in October when some of the nuts are predicting doom. The next Doomsday in the near future is Sep. 26 because that’s when the Sun, Elenin, and the Earth are aligned. Something about a magnetic portal and a gravity trench…

Chew Tansy
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Chew Tansy
September 15, 2011 12:00 AM

The nonsense won’t completely die until sometime in October when some of the nuts are predicting doom. The next Doomsday in the near future is Sep. 26 because that’s when the Sun, Elenin, and the Earth are aligned. Something about a magnetic portal and a gravity trench…

r0blar
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r0blar
September 15, 2011 12:05 AM

Cheers for alien invaders who rule our world government that they decided to save us all and disintegrate our doom – comet Elenin C/2010 X1!

Justin
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Justin
September 15, 2011 2:33 AM

i dont understand, at spaceobs they posted a link to this pic clearly showing elenin and its huge tail today….

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 15, 2011 3:02 AM

If that was a current pic, wouldn’t the comet be headed away from the sun?…Elenin has already passed perihelion. Right?……

Justin
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Justin
September 15, 2011 3:26 AM

well if this picture was taken by stereo behind, it would look as if the comet is headed towards the sun but in all actuality the comet is behind the sun headed away from it.

scowie
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scowie
September 19, 2011 4:50 PM

You cant tell from a static picture which direction a comet is travelling. The tail of a comet always points away from the sun irrespective of which direction it is travelling in.

When a comet is travelling away from the sun, it’s tail is ahead of it.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 15, 2011 3:02 AM

If that was a current pic, wouldn’t the comet be headed away from the sun?…Elenin has already passed perihelion. Right?……

dontknownotsure
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dontknownotsure
September 15, 2011 5:59 AM

Conspiracy theorists would probably call this cover up lol

squidgeny
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squidgeny
September 15, 2011 11:56 AM

The annotated chart at the top of the article has a clear picture of Sputnik. More evidence, if any was needed, that the commies caused 9/11 using the mayan calendar to predict JFK being shot by the fake moon landing in the tunnel that caused princess Diana to die from chemtrails.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 21, 2011 9:35 AM

Wow, you swayed me.

Superluminal
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September 15, 2011 6:50 AM

That’s not Elenin, its a new comet discovered by SOHO.

Superluminal
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September 15, 2011 6:54 AM

That’s not Elenin. It’s a new comet discovered by SOHO.

cameron clark
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cameron clark
September 15, 2011 4:54 PM

Thats not Elenin, go to http://www.spaceweather.com to see full story!!

Superluminal
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September 15, 2011 6:55 AM

I think Nancy means Elenin is in inferior conjuntion and is passing between the Earth and Sun.

Superluminal
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September 15, 2011 6:55 AM

I think Nancy means Elenin is in inferior conjuntion and is passing between the Earth and Sun.

Hussein Said
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September 15, 2011 7:29 AM

i hope this this is true and there will not be major events comming

Johnny Duncan
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September 15, 2011 10:50 AM

I find this information quite reassuring. But, aren’t there any professional astronomers out there who live outside Australia? I would like an opinion from someone thus designated!

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 15, 2011 3:58 PM

Relative to us it’s Behind the Sun????????

Were supposed to listen to an amateur who doesn’t know where it is, or is purposely lying to make it sound like they are undoubtedly right.Not very good options, Universe Today should really get some proofreaders employed.

I think i’ll stick with NASA JPL on this one.

Very Very poor article that only helps to fuel the fire of conspiracy with its Grade school errors.

Hang your head NANCY ATKINSON, if you don’t understand it don’t write about it and dont take sides!

Jeesssshhh!

Aqua4U
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September 15, 2011 4:54 PM

In future, I suggest you keep your comments to yourself as apparently you don’t know very much about the orbitals of cometary bodies. I suggest that you should take a basic astronomy course somewhere.

Aqua4U
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September 15, 2011 4:54 PM

In future, I suggest you keep your comments to yourself as apparently you don’t know very much about the orbitals of cometary bodies. I suggest that you should take a basic astronomy course somewhere.

Question
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Question
September 15, 2011 10:34 PM

buzz, you could only dream of having nancy’s rep.

Aqua4U
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September 15, 2011 4:46 PM
BUMMER! I was really hoping to see this comet.. it would have been #46 for me. Short story subject: A Sci-Fi fantasy: An interstellar interloper enters our solar system. This ‘ship’ is coated with water ice composed of what is determined to be Ice XI, begins to shed it’s ‘radiation shielding’ and appears as a disintegrating cometary body to telescopes here on Earth. Several days later a mysterious duo of fireballs is seen over the southwestern US. Shortly thereafter a ship off the East Coast witnesses a vapour trail across the sky which impacts the ocean. A week later, all electronic transmission worldwide ceases…. You supply the ending. This FANTASY will no doubt start a panic somewhere? I… Read more »
The Math Skeptic
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September 16, 2011 2:07 AM

This ‘ship’ is coated with water ice composed of what is determined to be Ice XI
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Busy, busy, busy.

Aqua4U
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September 24, 2011 7:14 PM

From wikipedia: An orthorhombic, low-temperature equilibrium form of hexagonal ice. It is ferroelectric. Ice XI is considered the most stable configuration of ice Ih. The natural transformation process is very slow and ice XI has been found in Antarctic ice 100 to 10,000 years old. That study indicated that the temperature below which ice XI forms is ?36 °C (240 K).

-OR-

http://researchnews.osu.edu/archive/ferroice.htm

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 16, 2011 10:00 PM
It was only a matter of time, that this needed interception has come to pass. The Planet of the Flies repetitive close encounters with our power transports has left them no choice. The cyanide based composition to what their planets call “comets” is necessary for optimum quantum computing that allows their sun to transfer energy using a form of entanglement through our elliptic transports. Under normal circumstances, we would negotiate an exchange. Having completed centuries of monitoring using our Human Observation Recovery Umbra Satellite, we fear the savagery is too well ingrained. sINCEr being marrooned into their sister stars orbit millenia ago while on a nearby transit, their planet left our star system, unable to escape the gravity… Read more »
Craig & Lisa Thomas
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Craig & Lisa Thomas
September 23, 2011 11:20 PM
I dont know about the rest of you but there is this HUGE planet just above the sun as it sets that we have seen with the naked eye, bigger than the moon with crayers visible……Wake up!!!! stop believing the lies of this fallen world. God is sending us signs in the heavens and the earth. There is a judgement coming on this earth because of our sin. Jesus Christ took that judgement on Himself already so we could be brought back to a right relationship with God. Repent of your sin, believe that Jesus took your penalty on the cross, he rose again on the third day to give us new life by His Spirit, and He… Read more »
Aqua4U
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September 24, 2011 7:09 PM

Let me guess… you like Rick Perry for president? Right?

Crayers? Yah sure… Don’t you mean crayons? Remember – don’t eat your crayons, they’ll make you stupid.

Belita William
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Belita William
September 16, 2011 2:43 AM

Wow…did you ever stop and think its not disinigrating,,,but changing…if it is a carbon star like some think it is,,,it wouldnt EVEN be seen.. unless you use an infared telescope…at any rate ANY thing with an orbit of 10,000 years would have to be a big and dangerous object…our ancestors are trying to warn us, but we just wont listen….

john smith
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September 16, 2011 3:41 AM

We’ve already witnessed many long period comets over the years and none of them have been “dangerous”.Tell me Belita,just what is it exactly that you’re expecting from this comet?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 16, 2011 4:27 PM

To Belita’s point-does anyone want to take a crack at the neutron star variant theory as Elenin? There was a great post here (on universetoday.com) by Fraser Cain on June 2, 2006 titled “Neutron Star With A Tail Like A Comet”.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 16, 2011 11:01 AM

Even if this comet was slowing down and headed our way-atmosphere burn up would leave little of the comet and earth would be fine-I guess the comet has reduced to 1.5k diameter by now.Phew I can sleep soundly now.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 16, 2011 12:56 PM

EU troll alert!

Anonymous
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September 16, 2011 11:54 PM
WOW Doomsday?? Who ever said anything about doomsday? just youtube and YOU! Seriously saying the same thing day after day and quoting an amateur from Australia wont make it reality and its funny that the top articles keep pointing back to you. This is absolutely irresponsible and you know it and I suspect all your doing is selling ads. People are scared and worried and are not stupid. Its the largest disinformation campaign and media blackout in history and all your doing is publishing without facts. Just look at telescope data for yourself. Its free — they wont charge you I promise. You might try EVIDENCE next time. Oh no media blackout? — go to ANY major media… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 16, 2011 11:57 PM
WOW Doomsday?? Who ever said anything about doomsday? just youtube and YOU! Seriously saying the same thing day after day and quoting an amateur from Australia wont make it reality and its funny that the top articles keep pointing back to you. This is absolutely irresponsible and you know it and I suspect all your doing is selling ads. People are scared and worried and are not stupid. Its the largest disinformation campaign and media blackout in history and all your doing is publishing without facts. Just look at telescope data for yourself. Its free — they wont charge you I promise. You might try EVIDENCE next time. Oh no media blackout? — go to ANY major media… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 17, 2011 12:01 AM
WOW Doomsday?? Who ever said anything about doomsday? just youtube and YOU! Seriously saying the same thing day after day and quoting an amateur from Australia wont make it reality and its funny that the top articles keep pointing back to you. This is absolutely irresponsible and you know it and I suspect all your doing is selling ads. People are scared and worried and are not stupid. Its the largest disinformation campaign and media blackout in history and all your doing is publishing without facts. Just look at telescope data for yourself. Its free — they wont charge you I promise. You might try EVIDENCE next time. Oh no media blackout? — go to ANY major media… Read more »
Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 17, 2011 2:04 PM

So what happens in November when Earth actually moves through the tail or remnants of this comet? Will there be any chance of a meteor shower? I would assume that even though the commet has broken up there is a chance that large portions will remain and may even slow down a bit. October 16th may be the closest earth would come to what was originally one large comet. However, we may be in for a firestorm as we pass through it’s actual remains.

Anyone have an umbrella? ; )

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 18, 2011 4:51 AM

Someone looked into the possibility of meteor shower from Elenin over on the BAUT forum last April: http://bautforum.com/showthread.php/115000-comet-elenin-collision-probability?p=1882252#post1882252

The prospects look pretty poor for any meteor activity, and despite the breakup, the odds of a detectable naked-eye shower (>2-5 meteors/hr) are still very slim. Possibly a few bolides, but no meteorite danger from Elenin.

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 18, 2011 8:46 AM

APPARENTLY EVEN THE TAIL WILL NOT PASS THROUGH THE EARTH AS PREDICTED BY SOME.eVEN IF IT DID THE AFFECT ON EARTH WOULD BE MINIMAL AND NO BIG DEAL

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 18, 2011 8:46 AM

APPARENTLY EVEN THE TAIL WILL NOT PASS THROUGH THE EARTH AS PREDICTED BY SOME.eVEN IF IT DID THE AFFECT ON EARTH WOULD BE MINIMAL AND NO BIG DEAL

Ariel Rudolph
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Ariel Rudolph
September 25, 2011 9:44 AM

There will be a meteor shower in November just as there is every year….
This will have nothing to do with C/2010 X1 (Elenin) / Nibiru / PlanetX but is known as the Leonides. This meteor shower comes out of the constellation Leo. These meteoroids are as remnant of the breakup of the comet the comet Tempel-Tuttle.

Timothy Price
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Timothy Price
September 17, 2011 11:31 AM

As the comet has gone into its “aerosol” condition, what are the possibilities that the
fine mist, possibly containing multiple DNA forms, will settle into earth’s atmosphere?
Do we cross into its trail?

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 18, 2011 8:51 AM

i AM TOLD BY aRMAGH Planetarium that elenin tail will not even pass through earth

Anonymous
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Anonymous
September 18, 2011 3:37 AM

Can someone please educate me on the Elenin as a neutron star variant theory? Is this possible? I posted this a day or so ago and it appears to have been deleted, along with a similar question from Belita. I truly appreciate the educated responses on this site. Thanks.

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