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For the first time since 2007, astronomers have spotted a new meteor shower over Earth. And while this sky show may not be as dazzling as the upcoming Perseids, it could provide the seeds for locating a mysterious and potentially hazardous comet.
Even though astronomers can't say much yet about the path of the new meteor shower's parent body, there's no need to hit the panic button, said Geza Gyuk, an astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago. "Collisions are extremely rare events in Earth's history, so I would think this shower is not a predictor of any future impact, but rather a possible indicator of potentially hazardous objects that now could be traced back and followed."
But Gyuk admits that we may have a hard time pinning down this object, because in all likelihood it's a long-period comet—one with a highly elliptical orbit that takes it hundreds of times farther than Pluto is from the sun.
By tracing the orbits of the individual meteors, the team predicts that Earth will slam into the outer edges of the same debris stream in 2016 and 2023, but then won't hit it again until 2076.
Originally posted by OccamAssassin
This has what to do with Elenin?
Given the fact that it showed up in 2007 can pretty much rule out that it has anything to do with Elenin.
Even if a long period orbit asteroid/comet were responsible for the meteor shower, this doesn't prove that we are on a collision with it.
If it is on a collision course with Earth, we have plenty of time to find it and then send Bruce Willis up there to blow it up with a nuke.