Grace (18 Aug 2011)
"ELENIN: something about 31 AUGUST 2011 ~ plus future alignments"


 
Dear Doves:
August 2011 - Comet Honda arrives.
Sept 2011 - "Comet" Elenin arrives.
Sept 2011 - Feast of Trumpets.
Jan 2012 - Comet Levy arrives.
Future Elenin Alignments

Aug 31 2011: Comet Elenin will become visible by the naked eye.
Elenin - Mercury - Mars - Earth: Sept 06 2011.
Sept 10 2011: Comet Elenin will come to closest to the Sun.
Mercury - Sun - Elenin: Sept 25 2011.
Sept 26 2011: Elenin’s minimum angle to the Sun will be 1.9º.
Oct 08 2011: Elenin will make its closest apparent pass in the night sky to Comet 45P/Honda.
Oct 11 2011: Elenin 0.246 AU from Earth; that’s a quarter of the distance to the Sun.
Oct 17 2011: Elenin closet to Earth 0.232 AU.
Oct 20 2011: Elenin will enter Earth orbit and we will experience a gravitational pull.
Nov 02 2011: Earth will enter Elenin's tail / previous path.
Venus - Earth - Elenin - Mercury: Nov 11 2011.

Sun - Mercury - Earth - Elenin: Dec 04 2011.

Mars - Elenin - Jupiter: Dec 25 2011.
Comet Elenin
The long period comet 2010 X1 (Elenin) is currently low in the western evening sky, and brightening all the time as it heads towards the Sun, and perihelion on 10 September (it will enter the SOHO field between September 22-30).
It is currently at mag. +9 and has a coma three to four arcminutes in size. The prospects are of it being a possible naked-eye object in the morning sky in October, although the Northern Hemisphere is favoured on this occasion.
As darkness falls around 6.30pm mid-month the comet is just over 20 degrees up, three degrees north of beta Virginis and sets by 8.20pm.
At the end of August, it has moved south and lies four degrees south-west of Porrima (gamma Virginis), with the crescent moon in close attendance.
PERSONAL NOTE - I have verified this info with Stellarium astronomy software.
 
On 31 August 2011, Elenin looks to be closest to the Crescent Moon, on my software screen, as Elenin courses through Virgo.
 
However, Elenin will be at 0.97 AU, while the Moon will be at 0.002 AU.
 
1 AU is approximately the distance from the Sun to the Earth. But I am not sure if we may really get to "see" Elenin with our naked eyes on 31 August 2011.
 
All extracts above are information from various sources.
Keep Watching,
Grace