In December 2010, Leonid Elenin, a Russian astronomer,
discovered a new comet. It created a lot of buzz and became known
as the doomsday comet by many. Fortunately, the doom and gloom
dissipated, as did the comet.
On September 10, 2011 Comet Elenin traveled close to the sun, within approximately
45,000,000 miles, and broke into pieces. When it passed the earth in October 2011, all
that could be seen by telescope was leftover debris.
As one of the many doomsday prophecies, Comet Elenin caused a lot of fuss and
speculation. Some people believed that this comet would trigger earthquakes that would
be catastrophic due to its interaction with Earth’s gravity.
A roundtable conference was held on June 24, 2011 to discuss the significant of Comet
Elenin if any. Internet websites were alive with discussion about the implications of the
comet and many were forecasting that this would be a devastating time for the earth with
increased earthquake activity.
Some weddings that were due to be held during this time were postponed with wedding bouquets of silk flowers being
put away for another day. Others that did not believe in the doomsday theory carried
on with their weddings and carried their bouquets of silk flowers without disaster or
NASA continued to downplay all of the doomsday claims but opponents countered that
everything that NASA was doing was only an attempt to hide the truth about this comet.
This being said, there are to this day those who believe that the comet still exists and is
causing havoc with the seismic activities on Earth.
Scientifically speaking, the remnants of this comet won’t return for another 12,000 years
and even then all that will be left to be seen is the leftover debris. Maybe then we will
also see the return of the Comet Elenin doomsday theories.