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Originally posted by Xcalibur254
If you don't have Stellarium I suggest you get it. It's not hard to import Elenin's orbital characteristics from the Minor Planet Center. If you do this, set your location for Texas at 4 AM on September 2. Then do a search for C/2010 X1. If you do this you will see that what is photographed here couldn't possibly be Comet Elenin as it wouldn't rise for at least another four hours.
Originally posted by DJW001
reply to post by LightAssassin
He's uploaded A LOT of videos. He seems to have found Elenin plenty of times before. I'm glad we're arguing over semantics. We couldn't possibly discuss the fact Elenin may still be whole.
Five year olds post videos on YouTube, that doesn't mean they're qualified to interpret astrophotography. As I have pointed out, seasoned astronomers are of the opinion that comet Elenin is breaking up. The guy on YouTube has no idea what he's doing. Seriously, did I miss the part where he explains what each filter does and why it alters the image? He doesn't even know how to stack the images to produce a false color image! Now, is it possible that the comet's brightness has been decreasing rather than increasing because of some other factor, yes, of course its possible. One thing is clear, though, the data reported on the MPC page shows that multiple independent observers confirm that its dimming. That said, if the dimming is not caused by Elenin physically breaking up, what, in your opinion, is the cause of the dimming?
The object is currently moving further from us (earth.)
The proximity to the sun, and other sources of light pollution.
Location of the observer themselves. (this one is a shot at the observers themselves.)
Isn't it possible that this comet, that has been estimated to be fairly large, could have many surfaces perhaps the angle at which one of it's surfaces is facing isn't reflecting light towards us (earth.)
I've heard many people claim Elenin is an E-class object ( comet ? Asteroid ? )
Now, I don't know for sure on this one, but what I've read of E-class comets/asteroids aren't they kind of a polygon or diamondish shape ? Usually, metalic or crystalline ?
Originally posted by LightAssassin
reply to post by DJW001
Yes, one who is building his own observatory