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You may have seen the scary headlines. You may have read those alarming emails. But do you believe it? Just in case, NASA has issued the facts about a comet called Elenin. And no, these aren't the "facts" doomsayers will tell you.
In short, the 3-5 kilometer-wide comet can't hurt us. Really, it can't. It's too small and its closest approach to Earth will bring it 90 times the Earth-moon distance. 90 times the Earth-moon distance. That's a whopping 35 million kilometers (22 million miles) away. Could there be any conceivable impact to our everyday lives by this dirty snowball?
"A comet is nothing like a brown dwarf. You are correct that the way astronomers measure the mass of one object is by its gravitational effect on another, but comets are far too small to have a measurable influence on anything," Morrison replied.
But why isn't NASA talking about Elinen more? "Comet Elenin hasn't received much press precisely because it is small and faint," said the NASA press release. "Several new comets are discovered each year, and you don't normally hear about them either."
"The truth is that Elenin has received much more attention than it deserves due to a variety of Internet postings that are untrue."
Originally posted by balon0
If there's nothing to fear, then why do they even bother to tell us so Obviously there is something to fear about...
Its whats hidden behind comet Elenin that will kill us