reply to post by Common Scarecrow
The gravity of another body (including the Sun) acts equally on any fragments.
Any fragments of slight enough mass to have their orbit affected by the solar wind would be completely inconsequential. They would also be pushed
directly away from the Sun.
What other objects would the fragments collide with?
What force, in what direction, would be sufficient to alter the orbit enough that a fragment of sufficient mass to be dangerous such that it would be
offset by the 23 million miles which closest approach was going to be. This is actually something that can be calculated but can you suggest the
source of such a force?
Why would Elenin or it's remnants be expected to perform differently from any other comet which has disintegrated.
I'm not ridiculing you or anyone else. I'm asking for answers to questions about what would actually be required to make this into an "event with
substantial consequences". Speculating about...something, "I don't know, but...something might happen" is pointless.