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Comet C/2010 X1 Elenin

For those astronomy lovers out there:

Soon you will be able to see a comet with a fantastic 3,000,000 km long tail!
The long-period comet, named Elenin (discovered by Russian amateur astronomer Leonid Elenin), should soon (October 16th being closest to Earth @ ±34,980,000 km or 0.2338 AU) be visible to those of you with telescopes (as even at its brightest, will be barely visible to the human eye). Travelling at a whopping 86,000 km/h and measuring in at ±3-4 km across.

I will unfortunately not have a telescope before this event occurs (I was planning on buying a moderately priced one that I can connect my DSLR camera to, but cash is tight for me right now) but if anyone out there that reads this blog does have a telescope or will be able to snap a few photographs, please send them to me and I will add them to my blog for others to see and marvel at 😉

 

Some diagrams from other websites:

http://www.curtrenz.com/Elenin-B.JPG
http://www.curtrenz.com/Elenin-A.JPG
http://spaceobs.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/08/Elenin.jpg

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