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The Fascination Behind Comets and UFO’s — Elenin versus Hale-Bopp

One of the most interesting things we here at Common Sense Conspiracy have noticed during the past several months of intense speculation about the comet Elenin’s approach is the striking similarities it shares with another

Comet Hale-Bopp was a celestial event for the ages, much more impressive than Elenin.

famous comet, Hale-Bopp.  Dubbed the “Great Comet of 1997,” Hale-Bopp was one of the brightest ever seen.  In fact, it was visible by naked eye for a staggering eighteen days.  Like Elenin, it was discovered by amateur astronomers in 1995.  The names of these two skywatchers is the name of the comet.  To illustrate just how much these guys were amateurs, consider that Bopp didn’t even own a telescope.  Bopp found the comet by viewing it with the naked eye and then comparing it to star charts to eventually conclude that it was indeed a comet.  Astronomers quickly did the math on Hale-Bopp and determined that it would reach perihelion (the point in its orbit when it is closest to the Sun) on April 1st, 1997.  It was predicted that the comet would be exceptionally bright, and when the day of reckoning arrived, Hale-Bopp exceeded expectations.

A plotting of Hale-Bopp's orbit approaching perihelion.

Like Elenin today, the two years between Hale-Bopp’s discovery and the date of perihelion were met with much paranoia.  The year after it was discovered, another amateur astronomer, Chuck Shramek of Houston, Texas, studied the comet extensively and eventually took a CCD (charge-coupled device) image of it.  CCD digital imaging is a major development in this technology that allows much more exposure of light in a photograph than normal equipment.  The results set off a wave of hysteria; the comet was accompanied by an elongated object.  Shramek used computer programs to cross-check this finding with star maps and found it to be an unknown object travelling along with comet Hale-Bopp.  He then proceeded to call in to the Coast to Coast AM radio show (a program that frequently deals with subject matter such as this) and reported to a national listening audience the presence of a “Saturn-like” object tagging along with the comet.  Much like today’s adventures with Elenin, the UFO community quickly pounced on the finding and declared that an alien spacecraft was accompanying the comet dangerously close to Earth. Continue reading The Fascination Behind Comets and UFO’s — Elenin versus Hale-Bopp

September 26-27 Elenin Alignment In Progress — No Effects Recorded

Well, folks, time for today’s comet Elenin update.  As many of you are aware, today, September 26th, is the beginning of one of the alignments of Elenin that was most prominently featured in some of the doomsday predictions that have been circulating on the web for months.  Today, even as we speak, the comet is passing between the Earth and the Sun.  As of 5:10 P.M. Central Standard Time, the comet’s trajectory has had no recorded effects on the Earth, as we here at Common Sense Conspiracy have long expected.  To be fair, this may not mean that all the theories were incorrect; in fact, the comet Elenin has disintegrated so much over the past month that it is quite possible that it simply isn’t large enough to cause some of the problems that were forecast.  In any case, the comet will soon have completed its dance between the Earth and the Sun and be on to its next destination (which no doubt will result in a whole new conglomeration of theories and predictions).

There were three recorded earthquakes during the last twenty-four hours.  None of them were over 6.0 magnitude which is what seismologists refer to as a “significant event.”  In fact, the three earthquakes were quite normal, and many days feature more of these small tremors than today.

For those interested in some facts about comets in general, the comet Elenin’s tail always points directly away from the Sun.  So, as it approaches the Sun, the tail will indeed be pointed at the Earth, but due to the disintegration of the comet and the simple fact that it is quite a large distance away from us, the tail poses no danger.  Most likely it never did, regardless of Elenin’s composition.  These fun facts are courtesy my old Introduction to Astronomy textbook I had to dust off after retrieving from the closet.

Of course, if you are one to believe in the more outlandish theories about this incident, such as UFO’s riding along behind Elenin and huge brown dwarf planets re-entering the solar system, I guess the jury is still out.  So far, they seem to have piggy-backed on the comet and passed us right by.  I’m sure they have a terrible, sinister reason for it that they just haven’t revealed to us yet.  Stay tuned!

The following animated image shows the trajectory of comet Elenin as it passes between the Earth and Sun today and tonight.  Just for your viewing pleasure…