Apr 112011
 

I’ve spent the last 3 clear nights getting imagery of comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) currently in the constellation Leo.  My current imagery shows a nuclear magnitude of about 18.0 but by October of this year it is predicted to be as bright as 5.0 and should be a naked-eye object.  It will pass within 21,000,000 miles of the earth on the 16th of October.   The image below is one used to construct the video I just linked to the comet video page.  The video consists of twenty-seven 300 second images.  I had a problem with the guiding and had to restart the guider during the evening which is why there is a stutter in the video.  

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There are a number of web pages and theories pertaining to comet Elenin currently being published from realities other than our own.  Media attention to these and others is bound to increase the closer to October we get.  However, the comet should put on a good enough show by itself without any added enhancement from us.

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