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Originally posted by ThePerfectMinds
I think the 10th of October will be the earliest to get the comet back in the GRAS scopes. I will try every morning until it is high enough and I can get my next series of images. I do not know what I will find. When I saw it last (Sept. 2), I saw one piece. That is why I continue to say one piece. I will report what I find when I take new images.
Originally posted by Phage
It can be used by Phage in two years to show that Elenin was nothing but an insignificant comet.
I was thinking today.... "What if it slowed down?" "Do I need to insert these coordinates tomorrow and then next day to to see if it shows up later?"
Originally posted by Illustronic
Couldn't the orbital dynamics be affected if the comet broke up, since the pieces would have less inertia and the suns gravity would have a greater effect on the smaller pieces, which could be mostly a mass of dust, especially after perihelion while the mass is escaping the suns pull?
Originally posted by LightAssassin
reply to post by LightAssassin
I'm looking at the photos now and cannot work out reference stars to see which location Elenin is in? I've grabbed the orbital elements from JPL and parsed them into Stellarium for a better idea of where to look, but I cannot see any of the stars matching up to the location Elenin is in...?