posted on Sep, 13 2011 @ 06:24 PM
reply to post by Pilot
Not really a link but you can check the numbers yourself. The orbital diagram is a poor tool. The "alignment" occurs on September 27th at about 04:00
Here is the ephemeris for Elenin at that time, showing where the comet (or what's left of it) will appear in the sky by Right Ascension and
2011-Sep-27 04:00, 12 13 01.75, -01 24 39.8
Here is the ephemeris for the Sun at that time:
2011-Sep-27 04:00, 12 13 08.50, +00 44 36.3
Note that the R.A. (in hours, minutes, seconds) is only about 7 seconds off. Note that the Declination (in degrees, minutes, seconds) is off by a bit
more than 2º. That doesn't sound like much but when you consider that the Sun is about 1/2º across it is clear that Elenin will not transit the Sun.
It would not even "touch" the Sun unless were more than 2 million miles in diameter. From our point of view it will pass more than 1 million miles
"above" the Sun.
You can get the ephemerides from the JPL website.
edit on 9/13/2011 by Phage because: (no reason given)