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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.
Originally posted by whaaa
reply to post by CaptChaos
I wish NASA had a better record of telling the truth. Now I'm also worried.
However I'm more worried about getting killed by a teen driving while talking or texting or a drunk in a pick up.
Originally posted by crazydaisy
Its funny how one can go to a thread
and someone is going to mention
Elenin even tho not relative to
the topic at all. Kinda ruins a lot
of threads for me - NASA says it
will not hurt us, got it! Let's stop
putting this comet in the weather
threads, the earthquake threads,
Originally posted by Xcalibur254
reply to post by InnerPeace2012
You're right it's not armchair astronomers. It conspiracy theorists and hoaxers. It started with Terral Croft and AstrolPatriot who demonstrated they knew nothing about astronomy and all evidence seems to suggest that they were committing a purposeful hoax. Since then it has been mostly driven by those conspiracy theorists that don't know anything about astronomy, the occasional nut like Mensur Omerbashich, and every so often the well-known con-man like Richard Hoagland. For the most part the media and the government completely ignored this thing. Interestingly enough early on people were saying that the lack of exposure was anomalous and proof of a cover-up. At which point NASA started getting dozens of emails a day regarding it so David Morrison released his first article regarding it. At which point people started saying that the very fact that NASA is publishing articles on this comet is anomalous and indication of a cover-up. That has been the theme of this entire Elenin circus, the conspiracy theorists will make a claim. The claim will then be proven false. The conspiracy theorists will then change their story so that Elenin can remain in the limelight and they don't have spend months searching for another world destroyer to give their lives meaning.