reply to post by Phage
I was speaking from the point of view of it being placed as a warning, Leonine figure facing the sky "watching" the heavens.
Elenin may move between virgo and leo, but it's final approach on the day it comes closest to earth is from Leo.
Who is to say the ancients (pre egyptian) were not aware of Elenins danger to earth, leaving the sphinx as a reminder of that danger.
There is ongoing research to find a way of communicating a non verbal message of danger, this is for marking areas of extreme toxicity, it's no good
leaving a sign with "Danger" written on it as thousands of years into the future Language maybe meaningless.
The Sphinx watching the sky is possibly a very good non verbal communication of the fact that something is coming out of the sign Leo, truth is, there
Phage how big is Elenin by your understanding, and what speed is it moving at, how fast is it accelerating, how stable is the object as a cohesive
As it gets closer to the sun and warms whilst approaching its terminal velocity, how much mass detachment would it take for its orbittal acceleration
to increase its reach a tiny fraction of its entire gargantuan orbit?.
0.22 AU how long does it take an object traveling at million/s of kilometers an hour to cover that distance?.
I know a lot of questions, some i know the answer to, well sort of, but some i cannot find a definitive answer for, i know conjecture is required to
answer the most important, in fact it cannot be accurately answered, nobody knows just how stable this object is.