posted on Jul, 17 2011 @ 06:29 PM
reply to post by CasiusIgnoranze
This is the mysterious Leonid Elenin iasc.hsutx.edu...
but check out the recent discoveries - theres no mention of his discovery of Comet Elenin (C/2010 X1).
Possibly because they haven't updated the webpage recently? Try again in a few months
I tried to search him on the Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics (the place where he works) as normally anyone who makes an effort to have
comets named after them and discover 10 variable stars, they should naturally be up somewhere on the university website - pretty much every university
does this. I didn't find any mention of Leonid Elenin whatsoever anywhere on the university website. You can check for your selves here:
It would help if you searched in Russian, as has been pointed out. Here is an award he received from his colleagues for discovering the comet. (Note,
he works in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department,
that is what makes him an "amateur" astronomer!)
Сотрудник отдела № 5 Л.В. Еленин за работу «Первое за 20 лет открытие в России
Loosely translated, it says:
"For Space Research:
First prize to L. V. Yelenin, Employee of Department 5
For being the first Russian to discover a comet in 20 years"
I then tried to look him up on the International Astronomical Search Collaboration (IASC) which keeps records of every discovery made by an
astronomer. Again, I found no record of Comet Elenin (C/2010 X1) or its discoverer, Leonid Elenin. iasc.scibuff.com...
That's because you are looking in the wrong place. Try looking in the IAU database of confirmed,
ie, not confirmed
CK10X010 C/2010 X1 Elenin
Here's the astronomical telegram requesting confirmation:
Circular No. 9189
Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams
INTERNATIONAL ASTRONOMICAL UNION
New postal address: Hoffman Lab 209; Harvard University;
20 Oxford St.; Cambridge, MA 02138; U.S.A.
CBATIAU@EPS.HARVARD.EDU ISSN 0081-0304
Prepared using the Tamkin Foundation Computer Network
COMET C/2010 X1 (ELENIN)
Leonid Elenin (Lyubertsy, Russia) reports his discovery of a
comet on four 240-s unfiltered CCD exposures taken remotely with a
0.45-m f/2.8 astrograph at the ISON-NM observatory near Mayhill,
NM, USA, on Dec. 10.435 UT ....
But boy oh boy, did the people behind the cover up make serious mistakes. When searching for the Ikeya-Murakami (C/2010 V1) comet, once again
Leonid Elenin is not mentioned or even credited and this is from the NASA website!
That is because he did not discover it, he "confirmed" it; that is, it was his observation of it that proved it wasn't just a "one-nighter."
Much as I'd like to spend the rest of the night doing proper research for you, let me anticipate some of the points that have probably been raised
while I've been typing this.
The Yelenina Spit is located on the Azov Sea (or what's left of it.) Google it yourself. There is also a Jelenin in Poland and a town in Bulgaria. A
Russian named "Elenin" is no more unusual than an American named "Coventry" or "York."
Well, I think I'll leave this and go watch "The Simpsons." At least they are deliberately trying to be funny.