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Further evidence gained since the initial claims of Elenin's disintegration have gone on to support this claim. Sydney Stargazers have performed photo analysis on their most recent images of Elenin and have found that it looks like the nucleus has broken in to at least three pieces. Following that both Leonid Elenin and respected astronomer Robert McNaught have reported that Elenin is not producing any condensation. This has only been observed in comets in the process of dissolution. I would also like to point out that as far as I know NASA has no reported on any of these claims. They're all coming from amateur and independent professional astronomers.
Now it is absolutely clear that the comet’s drop in brightness, first noted by Michael Mattiazzo on Aug. 20th, was not coincidental – the decay process had already begun, and over the course of the next several days the comet changed greatly. Its pseudo-nucleus became diffuse and extended, and later vanished completely. On images from Sept. 1st in the comet’s coma there was no condensation visible, and that meant the comet had already broken up into fairly small pieces, with a maximum size of not more than a hundred meters.
Originally posted by auraelium
Just coincidently Denver is the highest major city in the US above sea level at 5,280 ft.