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It is called Elenin since it was discovered by Leonid Elenin. I expect the internet to soon be ringing with rumors and news bytes about this comet. For now, there isn't much to say so I'm sharing what I've received in private from an astronomer at a big observatory that shall remain anonymous for the moment. He says:
1. It is too early to accurately predict the future path - it's orbital parameters haven't been revised.
2. Among the observable hyperbolic and parabolic comets (those that come from the Oort cloud) this one has the smallest perihelion distance and the smallest inclination to the ecliptic plane.
3. Comet Elenin's orbit may be unstable as it may encounter some dark bodies, for example, in the asteroid belt or even some Taurid objects. What would happen in those cases is a matter of luck.
4. This comet may carry a significant amount of material with it and if it follows the currently projected orbit, the Earth may very well pass through this material.
5. If Elenin is anything like what Victor Clube or James McCanney describes, we might be in for some surprises - good or bad, who knows?
Originally posted by havok
My first thought is this could be the 'blue star' that the Hopi's predicted.
The blue katchina? (spelling)
If the comet passes close enough to give Earth viewer a show, and it gives a blueish hue..
This could very well be it!
It's got me thinking thats for sure.
Is there a way to compare our recorded and geological history with the last approach of this comet? Would it be apparent on the Mayan or Sumerian calendars?
and the tail had substantial amounts of water