Saturday, 15 October 2011

Debris of 'Doomsday' Comet Elenin to Pass by Earth Sunday

Amateur astronomer Michael Mattiazzo of Castlemaine, Australia caught these two images of comet Elenin on Aug. 19 (left) and Sept. 6, 2011. The images show a rapid dimming in the comet, possibly hinting at its disintegration.

The moment long feared by conspiracy theorists is nearly upon us: The "doomsday comet" Elenin will make its closest approach to Earth Sunday (Oct. 16). Or what's left of it will, anyway.
Comet Elenin started breaking up in August after being blasted by a huge solar storm, and a close pass by the sun on Sept. 10 apparently finished it off, astronomers say. So what will cruise within 22 million miles (35.4 million kilometers) of our planet Sunday is likely to be a stream of debris rather than a completely intact comet.
And the leftovers of Elenin won't return for 12,000 years, astronomers say.
"Folks are having trouble finding it, so I think it's probably dead and gone," said astronomer Don Yeomans of the Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif. [Gallery: Comet Elenin in Pictures]
That means it probably won't present much of a skywatching show Sunday, scientists have said.
The doomsday comet
Elenin's apparent demise may come as a relief to some folks, since apocalyptic rumors circulating on the Internet portrayed the comet as a major threat to Earth.
One theory claimed Elenin would set off havoc on Earth after aligning with other heavenly bodies, spurring massive earthquakes and tsunamis. Another held that Elenin was not a comet at all, but in fact a rogue planet called Nibiru that would bring about the end times on Earth. After all, the comet's name could be taken as a spooky acronym: "Extinction-Level Event: Nibiru Is Nigh."
Those ideas were pure nonsense, Yeomans said.
"Elenin was a second-rate, wimpy little comet that never should have been noted for anything, really," he told "It was not even a bright one."
Elenin's remains will not be the only objects about to make their closest pass of Earth. One day after the Elenin flyby, the small asteroid 2009 TM8 will zip close by. Like Elenin, it poses no risk of striking our home planet.
Asteroid 2009 TM8 is about 21 feet (6.4 meters) wide and the size of a schoolbus. It will come within 212,000 miles of Earth  –  just inside the orbit of the moon  –  when it zips by on Monday morning (Oct. 17).
Say goodbye to Elenin
Elenin was named after its discoverer, Russian amateur astronomer Leonid Elenin, who spotted it in December 2010. Before the icy wanderer broke up, its nucleus was likely 2 to 3 miles (3 to 5 km) in diameter, scientists say.
Elenin never posed any threat to life on Earth, Yeomans said. It was far too small to exert any appreciable influence on our planet unless it managed to hit us.
"Just driving to work every day in my subcompact car is going to have far more of a gravitational effect on Earth than this comet ever will," Yeomans said.
Elenin's supposed connection to earthquakes was just a correlation, and a weak one at that, he added. Relatively strong earthquakes occur every day somewhere on Earth, so it's easy — but not statistically valid — to blame some of them on the comet's changing position.
Yeomans views the frenzy over Elenin as a product of the Internet age, which allows loud and often uninformed voices to drown out the rather more prosaic results that scientists publish in peer-reviewed journals.
"It's a snowball effect on the Web," Yeomans said. "You get one or two folks who make an outrageous claim, and a bunch of others pile on. Some folks are actually making a living this way."
Elenin's crumbs will soon leave Earth in the rear-view mirror, speeding out on a long journey to the outer solar system. But Yeomans doesn't think the departure will keep the conspiracy theorists down for long.
"It's time to move on to the next armageddon," he said.
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Pakistan can go after Obama, Biden, Clinton, Panetta and Gates for provocative acts of war and murder on Pakistani soil

Hillary Clinton takes part in the provocative act murder of a Saudi national on Pakistan soil
On May 1, 2011 Barack Hussein Obama ordered U.S. Special Forces to violate the sovereignty of Pakistan and use deadly force to murder a Saudi national – bin Laden.  
The murder of a man who has never been convicted in court of a crime was watched in real time by the top members of the Obama White House – Barack Hussein Obama, vice-president Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and CIA director Leon Panetta.  
The United States White House had just committed murder in the 1st degree – a deliberate and premeditated killing of another motivated by ill will.
The White House also committed a provocative act of war against Pakistan and Saudi Arabia by ordering U.S. Special Forces to stealthily enter Pakistan to murder Saudi national bin Laden.  
Both Pakistan and Saudi Arabia can now go after Barack Hussein Obama, Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, Robert Gates and  Leon Panetta.  Pakistan has the right because the United States White House intentionally engaged in a provocative act of war against the sovereign state of Pakistan.  
Saudi Arabia can retaliate against the United States government because the United States White House murdered one of its own.
FBI Most Wanted Poster for bin Laden doesn't mention 9/11
bin Laden has only been accused of masterminding the attacks of September 11, 2001.  bin Laden was never sought for the attacks of 9/11.  
The FBI had no evidence to link bin Laden with 9/11. Rex Tomb, Chief of Investigative Publicity for the FBI said, “The reason why 9/11 is not mentioned on Usama Bin Laden’s Most Wanted page is because the FBI has no hard evidence connecting Bin Laden to 9/11.
The FBI stated, “Bin Laden has not been formally charged in connection to 9/11.” “How does that work?” “The FBI gathers evidence. Once evidence is gathered, it is turned over to the Department of Justice.  
The Department of Justice than decides whether it has enough evidence to present to a federal grand jury. In the case of the 1998 United States Embassies being bombed, Bin Laden has been formally indicted and charged by a grand jury. He has not been formally indicted and charged in connection with 9/11 because the FBI has no hard evidence connected Bin Laden to 9/11.”
If there was no hard evidence to link bin Laden to 9/11 then Barack Hussein Obama murdered an innocent man. 
 The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 11, states: Everyone charged with a penal offence has the right to be presumed innocent until proved guilty according to law in a public trial at which they have had all the guarantees necessary for their defence.   bin Laden has never been brought to trial.  bin Laden has never been proven guilty of any criminal act in the attacks on U.S. soil on September 11, 2001.  
The photo above is evidence that  Barack Hussein Obama, vice-president Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and CIA director Leon Panetta are guilty of the indictable offense of murder – the unlawful killing of another human being with “malice aforethought”. 
 The photo is also indisputable evidence of  the U.S. government committing a provocative act of war against Pakistan.  Pakistan can retaliate by going after Obama, Biden, Clinton, Panetta and Gates.
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