From Spaceweather.com comes news that the much vaunted doomsday scenario of Comet Elenin striking earth with all it’s spaceships in tow is now probably not going to happen. Of course this should also mean there will not be any more earthquakes since all the alignments caused so many!! (/sarcasm)
SO MUCH FOR DOOMSDAY: Comet Elenin (C/2010 X1), widely known for inaccurate reports of its threat to Earth, appears to be breaking apart. Observations by amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo of Castlemaine, Australia show a marked dimming and elongation of the comet’s nucleus over a ten day period:
The behavior of Comet Elenin is akin to that of Comet LINEAR (C/1999 S4), which disintegrated when it approached the sun in back in 2000. Mattiazzo witnessed that event, too. “Yes I did observe the breakup of C/1999 S4 in July 2000,” he recalls. “It was quite spectacular watching the nucleus spread out into a cigar shape over a period of days. The apparent breakup of C/2010 X1 is similar, although less visually spectacular.”
Comets are fragile objects, easily disrupted by solar heat. As a result, the possible breakup of Comet Elenin, while unexpected, comes as no surprise.
Of course there is always the fragments…………….