Story submitted by Robert Bateman
In just a few hours from now, NASA rolls the STEREO BEHIND solar satellite to have a look at Comet Elenin (P/2010 X1), and if you haven’t been paying attention, it is one red hot topic topped with wilder imaginations, dooms, hypotheticals and omens than previously imagined.
From being on a par with/substitute for Niburu to a first ever hyperbolic (>1) cometary orbit, you’d be hard pressed to make the relevant data up. Perihelion somewhat around Sept 11, 2011 (maybe they changed it, maybe not) and origin from the Oort Cloud to an interstellar rogue object. Composition unknown.
Trajectory of comet Elenin. Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
So, stay tuned: NASA is about to roll the cameras. Ready or not, here comes P/2010 X1 – yELEveN INe
See more at NASA JPL here