posted on Sep, 2 2011 @ 02:48 PM
reply to post by antinwo101
I'm sure we all know this but just to be clear... an astronomical unit (AU) is the mean distance from the Earth to the Sun which is around 93 million
miles (92,955,807.268 mi). This is considered to be the average distance since the Earth orbits the Sun in an ellipse and is closer during December
then it is during June.
To figure out how far this is, your screens show @ 0.295 AU, multiply this number by 93 million which comes out to be 27,435,000 miles.
posted the closest Elenin will get is around 0.234 AU's or
21.7 million miles. Any other claim of a closer distance will need a source to verify, otherwise I would consider it bunk.
Newton's law of motion states that any object in motion will stay in motion unless another force is acted upon it. This means Elenin will maintain its
orbit even if it breaks into smaller pieces. The Sun's solar wind is a small force which could cause the breakup of some comets but not enough to
throw it wildly off coarse. Also keep in mind that the words disintegration and melting, as used by previous posters, does not mean disappear. Even if
a comet disintegrates or melts its mass is still there and will maintain its original orbit.
edit on 9/2/2011 by Devino because: (no reason given)