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Also known by its astronomical name C/2010 X1, the comet was first detected on Dec. 10, 2010, by Leonid Elenin, an observer in Lyubertsy, Russia, who made the discovery “remotely” using an observatory in New Mexico. At that time, Elenin was about 401 million miles from Earth. Since its discovery, Comet Elenin has (as all comets do) closed the distance to Earth’s vicinity as it makes its way closer to perihelion, its closest point to the Sun.
If you remember, I wrote a blog about this comet a while back and how "strange" things were being associated with it. Please click here to read this blog.
NASA now says that this comet will not be a threat to our planet. Comet Elenin should be at its brightest shortly before the time of its closest approach to Earth on Oct. 16, 2011. At its closest point, it will be 22 million miles from us.
“Any approximate alignments of comet Elenin with other celestial bodies are meaningless, and the comet will not encounter any dark bodies that could perturb its orbit, nor will it influence us in any way here on Earth,” said Don Yeomans, a scientist at NASA. It looks like all the theories about how "strange" things may happen due this comet can be put to rest.
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A crystal clear air mass will bring splendid conditions for stargazers across the East Coast of the U.S. Look for the thin crescent moon near Venus this evening, then the Milky Way later at night.