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Offline Gareth Rens

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What is the comet Elenin?
« on: 20/04/2011 10:25:37 »
Gareth Rens  asked the Naked Scientists:
   
Hey Chris,

Could you or one of the Naked Scientist Astronomers/Astro Physicists shed some light on the comet Elenin????

Thanks,
Best Regards,
Gareth Rens

What do you think?
« Last Edit: 20/04/2011 10:25:37 by _system »


 

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What is the comet Elenin?
« Reply #1 on: 20/04/2011 19:30:37 »
Some people, who are totally convinced that the universe will come unglued on 12/21/12, have found coincidence between three major earthquakes and approximate alignments of Sun, Earth and Elenin. From that thin evidence, they conclude that Elening is the fabled brown dwarf star Nibiru. This is no more scientific than astrology. 

As far as legitimate scientists know, Elenin is just another comet; there is nothing unusual about it.
 

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What is the comet Elenin?
« Reply #2 on: 21/04/2011 22:01:45 »
Hi Phractality,

Thanks for the reply, I pretty much figured it was a std comet, nothing to worry about. But hey, you never know til it gets here ;)
Is there any more info on the comet? Speed, size, composition etc?

The doomsday prophets will always find something to preach about. Everyday is the end of the world apparently.
They'll find the most arb things to confirm that its the end, all so they can sell you a survival kit...

One would think that if the end WAS coming, what would be the point of making money you can't spend............
Dont you just love capitalism...
 

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What is the comet Elenin?
« Reply #3 on: 22/04/2011 00:41:30 »
Quote from: Gareth Rens  link=topic=38865.msg353357#msg353357 date=1303419705
Is there any more info on the comet? Speed, size, composition etc?

I won't dignify Elenin with any special attention. Here's a chart of future visible comets. Elenin should reach magnitute 6 (just visible to the naked eye agains a very dark sky) in October.

You can Google Elenin for yourself; there are some cool videos, if you're into doomsday hype.
 

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What is the comet Elenin?
« Reply #4 on: 22/04/2011 04:02:03 »
Anyway, if the end really was nigh, I think I'd rather not have any advanced warning.
 

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