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Originally posted by thelazydentist
Elenin is mostly cyanide. Scarier.
Earth flies through elenin's debris tail on... ELEven-NINe. Scarierer.
Have you seen YU55's orbit? Does that worry you? On ELEven NINe it will be about 1.000AU from the sun, same as us.
Did you say eleigh EVENT?
Some skywatching soothsayers had predicted that Elenin's approach Sunday would trigger catastrophic earthquakes and tsunamis. Others had sounded even more dire alarms, suggesting that Elenin was not a comet at all but a rogue planet called Nibiru whose Earth encounter could usher in the apocalypse.
But none of that came to pass, as Elenin zipped by our planet at the safe remove of 22 million miles (35.4 million kilometers) and sped off into deep space. Or crumbs of the comet did, anyway.