Comet Elenin smells bitter almonds

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7.08.11.M. Drahus (M. Drahus), University of California, B. Young (Bin Yang), the University of Hawaii and John Hodge (J. Hoge), merging the astronomical center, report the detection of hydrocyanic acid (cyanide, acid, HCN) in the spectrum of Comet Elenin.

Observations on the 15-meter submillimetre telescope James Clark Maxwell held on July 30, when the comet was 1.07 AU from the Sun. Taking the rate of anisotropic escape of gases within 0.5 km / c and the Boltzmann distribution of the energy levels at 50 K, the reduced gas capacity of 1.5 x 1025 molecules / c, which corresponds to the average level of gas capacity, measured for a comet 103P/Hartley, located at a comparable heliocentric distance of the fall of 2010 year ((Drahus et al. 2011, Ap.J. 734, L4).

Author: Leonid Elenin

Source: spaceobs.org

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Diameter of coma of comet Elenin exceeds 200 000 km

The diameter of the planet on average 12 000 756 kilometers, the ratio is impressive.

Fragment transmission Wang returns shown on television channel NTV is a direct allusion to the fact that in 2011, in the north of the chemical spilled rain, it is possible that out of hydrocyanic acid in the tail of a comet, if I understand the appearance of the comet is expected in the northern hemisphere.

By the end of the first week of October Comet Elenin will appear in the morning sky and will quickly move to the north-west, through the constellation of Leo and 11 October will be held again in six degrees of Regulus, but the north. At a minimum distance from the Earth (0.23 AU) Comet 16 October and will continue its rapid flight through the constellation of Cancer and Gemini. October 22, it will be just one degree from the bright stars of the constellation Gemini — Pollux, then, at the end of October, will join the constellation Auriga, and in the first week of November will be in the northern part of the constellation Taurus. In mid-November, the comet will next confrontation and on November 23 the comet will pass just north of the diffused cluster Pleiades. At the end of the month it will cross the border of the constellation of Aries which is and will be until the end of January 2012.  

And the third angel sounded, and there fell a great star from heaven, burning like a torch, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers and on the springs of water.
Name of the star "Wormwood" and the third part of the waters became wormwood, and many men died of the waters, because they were bitter.

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