Archives for Март 2011
4 March 2011 Comet Elenin crossed the ecliptic plane.
15 March 2011 Saturn, Comet Elenin, The Earth and the Sun, Mars, Jupiter and Uranus stood in line.
30 June 2011 года Comet Elenin will cross the Mars orbit.
3 August 2011 Comet Elenin will cross the Earth orbit, and the Earth will pass through comet Elenin’s perihelion.
18 August Comet Elenin will cross Venus orbit.
10 September Comet Elenin will come to perihelion (closest approach to the Sun).
25 September 2011 The Earth will stand in line with the Sun, comet Elenin, Mercury, Saturn.
2 October Comet Elenin will cross Mercury orbit.
16 October Comet Elenin will cross the Earth orbit and will appear at the shortest distance from our planet.
14 November 2011 Comet Elenin will cross the Mars orbit.
Discovery of the Comet Elenin C/2010 X1 (Elenin) with CoLiTec (CLT) application, attracted vivid interest of mass media.
The comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) was discovered December 10, 2010 within the scope of asteroids’ program of Russian project ISON. The discovery was made by Leonid Elenin – scientific associate of Keldysh Institute of applied mathematics (RAS). More information on discovery, plus interview with discoverer («Газета.Ru») can be found through on-line media sources.
Leonid Elenin supports a news blog on SpaceObs.org (this blog has recently entered 20 best scientific blogs in Russia), where he shares new observations of the comet and other interesting facts about it.
In addition, there is a very interesting section dedicated to the comet C/2010 X1 on astro-forum.
You can find information about the Comet Elenin all through the Internet (for example: site JPL Solar System Dynamics (NASA), in database of Solar System minor planets’ section). Plus, there is an applet for visualization of comet’s diagrammatic movement (setting [show orbit diagram]).
According to MPC data, the Comet has 1.8396 degrees inclination (dihedral angle between plane of comet’s motion and ecliptic), 0.48244 AU perihelion, that matches Mercury orbit and 1.00003559 eccentricity, that ranges the Comet in hyperbolic class. September 10, 2011 the Comet Elenin will pass the perihelion.
The comet’s motion parameters are unique.