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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 ? I'm not a scientist or astronomer just regurgitating information. Correct me if I'm wrong,
Oxford Dictionary of Astronomy: E-Class Asteroid Top Home > Library > Miscellaneous > Oxford Articles A rare class of asteroid whose members have a featureless reflectance spectrum, flat to slightly reddish over the wavelength range 0.3–1.1 άm. E-class asteroids are distinguished from the spectrally identical classes M and P by their higher albedos (0.25–0.60). The E is for enstatite, since they are believed to have surfaces that are similar in composition to enstatite achondrite meteorites. Members of this class include (44) Nysa, diameter 68 km, and (214) Aschera, diameter 24 km. Read more: www.answers.com...
it doesn't make sense an object that is supposed to be HUGE, and has been claimed to be Metallic/Stone/Minerals/crystalline a space ship even by some would suddenly disintegrate.
If I'm not mistaken it's supposed to pass close to the sun, but not so close it would be absorbed or completely destroyed. If it is Metallic/stone/mineral/crystalline I would imagine it could melt, or heat up to extreme temperatures, but it would simply harden back up before it passed Earth again. After all, it's not just going to disappear.
Matter is matter, even if it melts it's still a very large mass moving through space. Broken into pieces, a huge chunk what ever. Who's to say passing the sun won't heat up what ever the little pieces are, then as it whips around the sun, becomes compressed and as it moves away from the sun again, solidifies into a very large chunk once more.