About the Comet Elenin
We asked a cooperator of The M+G+R Foundation, Mrs. RM,
to review the claims of Dr. Mark Sircus (1) that Comet Elenin is linked to a
brown dwarf/Planet X, and that one of these celestial bodies will soon devastate the Earth.
We certainly did not believe his claims, but wanted to provide our readers the concrete reasons
why Dr. Sircus is out of touch with reality.
After the thorough work done by Mrs. RM, her overall conclusion was:
I tried to summarize the key issues, and to present different
points of view on them. In the end, I found that Sircus’ statements about Comet Elenin – and
its effects on Earth – are not supported by the facts now available. The warnings that Sircus
gave in his blog are largely based on unproven hypotheses and myths.
Following we will present the work done by Mrs. RM edited by Mr. LP; work for which we want to
publicly express our gratitude and appreciation.
First, we are going to identify the claims made by Mark Sircus on his blog:
1) "A planetary event was in store for us in 2012".
2) Looking at the NASA mathematical model of comet Elenin:
"I found out that a large celestial body has already penetrated the solar system and is on course
for a near and possibly horrific encounter with the earth in the fall of 2011".
3) "We do not know the size and mass of comet Elenin".
4) "On its way out it will cross our bow, meaning it will pass very close to the earth and the
earth will pass behind it, plowing into its tail".
5) "Every time this celestial body comes into alignment with the earth and sun we have a huge
earthquake. The last three alignments produced the Japanese 9.0 quake, the one in New Zealand and
before that the one in Chile. On March 11th".
6) "The main point to understand is that if Elenin was just a normal comet it would not have the
mass to generate a gravity pull that would affect the earth when the earth swings around into
7) Elenin = brown dwarf/Nibiru/Planet X
Evaluating his statements in his blog, we have the following
1) A planetary event was in store for us in 2012
7) Elenin = brown dwarf /Nibiru/Planet X
“Back in January, while investigating the underground city that is alleged to have been built
under the new Denver Airport, reported on by the former governor Jesse Ventura, I put the puzzle
together and came to the conclusion that a planetary event was in store for us in
There are other people with the same belief:
It is said that:
"A secret document prepared for Prime Minister Putin by Russia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is
claiming that President Medvedev confirmed in his extended meeting (5) with
Pope Benedict XVI yesterday that the new planet named Tyche (6) (pronounced
ty-kee) by NASA will be appearing in the Earth’s night sky by 2012."
Another report states: (8)
"Earth-Issues (9) posting about a chilling report prepared for President
Medvedev by Minister Serdyukov of the Russian Defense Ministry on the building of an additional
5,000 underground ‘bomb’ shelters (10) in Moscow warns that even though
progress is being made, the appearance of the new Comet Elenin in our Solar System means
“additional resources” will have to be added “immediately” as the 2012 timeline for
completion “may not be soon enough”. Sparking the fears of Minister Serdyukov, he says in this
report, is that based upon the new orbit calculations for Comet Elenin, it appears in “all
likelihood” that this celestial object is under some type of “intelligent control” and will
approach our Earth “much closer” than originally thought this coming fall season".
“Most ominous in Minister Serdyukov’s report is his assertion that Comet Elenin appears to be
in “direct contact” with the mysterious Jupiter-sized planet discovered beyond the orbit of
Pluto that is, also, headed inbound towards our Sun. American scientists Daniel Whitmire and John
Matese from the University of Louisiana (11) at Lafayette have named this
mysterious planet Tyche".
The problem with this report is that, although Matese first proposed the existence of this planet
in 1999, there is not yet any physical confirmation that Tyche exists as a real body beyond the
orbit of Pluto. Several reports discuss the theory of Daniel Whitmire and John Matese, and
describe Tyche as a hypothesized gas giant (12) planet.
Moreover, the “Planet X” theory is about the possible existence of a planet or brown dwarf
that, because of its great mass, "pushes" comets into our solar system. Both Whitmire and Matese
are waiting for data from the NASA space telescope, WISE (Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer).
(15) This data, which was scheduled to be released in April, 2011, could
confirm or disprove their theory.
Whitmire and Matese have said nothing about a body colliding or passing near Earth. They had
stated that the body they are looking for could have satellites, but that does not mean that there
is a Tyche/Planet X/Nibiru satellite/comet coming to Earth’s neighborhood.
It may be that any celestial body that might affect our solar system in 2012 will be labeled as
“Planet X”. For example, there is this claim:
"Comet Elenin is being pushed by something else and whatever it is… it is huge. Comet Elenin
will not hit Earth, but another object about 800 meters wide will hit earth in the fall of 2012.
It was discovered by a telescope in Antarctica". (16)
Another article makes a similar claim of pending disaster: (17)
"A University of British Columbia Professor published an online article that projected an 800m
asteroid would hit Antarctica in the fall of 2012. His article was on the www.phas.ubc.ca website
for 2 days before it abruptly disappeared. The initial data was gathered by The Balloon-borne
Large-Aperture Submillimeter Telescope (BLAST) at McMurdo Station, Antarctica. The theorized
asteroid was then tracked by Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope on Mauna Kea, which (with the Adaptive
Optics Bonnette) supplies probably the sharpest images currently obtainable from the
“One week after this mysterious article disappeared,
“Canadian and American astronauts say the world needs to
prepare for the big one — the asteroid impact that could one day devastate the Earth. Veteran
Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield is president of the Association of Space Explorers, which has
prepared a detailed report on the asteroid threat. The Canadian Space Agency intends to launch
NEOSSat next March to look for asteroids that may be hiding near the sun."
Meanwhile, in his blog, Mark Sircus said:
"There is a history to Elenin that has been visible for years but now she is upon us and there is
nothing we can do ....The below video displays what has been known by NASA for decades."
The title of the video he refers to is: "Nibiru - Planet X - Hercolubus - The Evidence!" At the
end of the video, there is a photo of a star with a diamond shape, similar to those published on
the Share International web page! Sircus says that Elenin is equivalent to Nibiru/Planet
X/Hercolubus – but the evidence does not point to that conclusion.
In summary, based on the evidence and observations that are now on hand, there is no confirmation
that there is an approaching "Planet X".
In his blog, Sircus said:
2) Looking at NASA mathematical model of comet Elenin: "I found
out that a large celestial body has already penetrated the solar system and is on course for a
near and possibly horrific encounter with the earth in the fall of 2011".
4) "On its way out it will cross our bow, meaning it will pass
very close to the earth and the earth will pass behind it, plowing into its tail"
The NASA mathematical model of Elenin (19) identifies a celestial body
entering the solar system.
In his video, Sircus has shown some alignments that took place (or are expected) in 2010 and 2011,
on dates where earthquakes had occurred (or are predicted):
a) He attributed the Japan March 11, 2011 quake to the alignment that occurred four days later, on
March 15, 2011, when Elenin was at 2.101 AU. (1 AU is the distance between the Earth and the
b) The Sept 4, 2010 quake occurred at Christchurch, which he attributed to an alignment (earth to
the farthest point, with the sun and Mercury in the middle), when Elenin was at 6.258 AU.
c) He attributed the February 27, 2010 quake in Chile to another alignment, when Elenin was at
d) Then, Sircus moved forward to Sept. 25, 2011, when another alignment will take place and Elenin
will be at 3.96 AU.
e) The point at which Elenin will be closest to the earth will take place on October 17, 2011
(.232 AU); Elenin will be almost on our orbit. (Note: this date will be the middle of the feast of
Tabernacles for 2011. (20))
f) On November 5, 2011, the earth will enter the debris of the tail of Elenin at a distance of
g) On November 23, 2011, there will be an alignment similar to that which took place on March 15,
but this time with Elenin at a distance of .596 AU.
These alignments – as computed by the NASA model – have been confirmed by an independent
However, we must note that Elenin won't be the only visitor to our solar system during this time
45P/Honda-Mrkos-Pajdusakova is projected to reach aphelion (its closest orbital distance to earth)
in mid-August 2011, with an estimated proximity to earth of 0.077AU. It is believed to have a
diameter of 1.6km, and will have a perihelion (its closest orbital distance to sun) of 0.58AU on
September 30, 2011. Elenin and 45P/Honda will cross our orbit approximately on October 8,
A web page with information about the trajectory of Elenin and 45P/Honda
(22) links both comets to the Mayan calendar, and claims:
"Recalculating the Great Cycle in its entirety against the modern calendar, taking into account
the faults and adjustments incorporated into it would reveal that the prophesized date would in
fact be on October 28, 2011, within weeks of Elenin’s projected perihelion, and more alarmingly,
within 12 days of its forecasted perigee (closest orbital distance to the center of earth)".
Another (apparently New Age) site also sets forth October 28, 2011 as a critical date in the Mayan
To end on a skeptical note: Sircus’ conclusion – that Elenin will have a major effect on the
Earth – does not take into account the many, high-magnitude earthquakes that have occurred
worldwide in recent years – with no correlation to the position of Comet Elenin.
3) About the size of Elenin we have the following
a) The discoverer, Leonid Elenin, estimates that the comet nucleus is 3–4 km in diameter.
b) Sircus believes that the comet is a brown dwarf, implying that it is bigger than the Earth. He
concluded this because of the effects that it (supposedly) has upon the Earth on the alignment
c) NASA has not defined the size of Elenin, describing it on May 4, 2011, as "a modest-sized icy
dirtball that is getting no closer than 35 million kilometers", in accordance with the definition
of a comet. (24)
On Wikipedia, a comet is defined as: (25)
"A comet is an icy small Solar System body that, when close enough to the Sun, displays a visible
coma (a thin, fuzzy, temporary atmosphere) and sometimes also a tail. These phenomena are both due
to the effects of solar radiation and the solar wind upon the nucleus of the comet. Comet nuclei
are themselves loose collections of ice, dust, and small rocky particles, ranging from a few
hundred meters to tens of kilometers across.”
d) An “earth changes” site claims a much larger diameter for Elenin, as of April 10, 2011:
“April 8th at our observatory we carried out planned observations of Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin).
An analysis of the results of the observations shows a rapid growth of the coma. Besides the
internal compact gas envelope, the forming rarified external coma is also visible in the image.
Its diameter exceeds 1 minute of arc, or 80,000 km!”
Another image on the same web site supposedly captures “the close approach of Comet Elenin to
asteroid 4336 Jasniewicz. (27) Here the closeness of the objects, which are
only 11 arc minutes apart, is not an optical illusion but a real physical closeness of two
Returning to the claims on Sircus’ blog:
5) Every time this celestial body comes into alignment with the
earth and sun we have a huge earthquake
6) "The main point to understand is that if Elenin was just a
normal comet it would not have the mass to generate a gravity pull that would affect the earth
when the earth swings around into alignment".
Mark Sircus concluded, about the effects of Elenin: (28)
"An approaching brown dwarf star answers a lot of questions about what is happening all around us
that others simply cannot begin to answer. No one really knows what will happen in the fall of
this year as this incoming celestial body gets between us and the sun and then rebounds out again
and heading directly into earth’s neighborhood. One person has speculated that it could rip our
moon loose. It could hit us if its flight plan is changed by hitting an asteroid in the next few
days. That could be possible if it really were a comet, but if it is a neutron star with a large
mass, nothing will deflect its ordained path".
Others dismiss the notion of an Elenin/earth collision, but raise the question of electromagnetic
disturbances in the solar system due to the coming of the comet – disturbances that may affect
the Earth: (29)
"There is NOT going to be a pole shift in the next week or so as certain raving nutzoids have been
spamming all over the net. Also, Comet Elenin is NOT going to hit Earth (which is not to say that
other things won’t at some point in space and time). However, there are a few things about this
comet that are extremely interesting in view of the plasma comet theory of James McCanney."
"Now, assuming that there are no errors and no dramatic changes to the orbit of Elenin, we find
that the minimum distance (the closest Elenin will come to Earth) is 0.235 AU. (In other words,
over 35 million kilometers distant – not likely to be much in the way of potential impact
"Referring back to the theories of Jim McCanney, there are three notable alignments between Elenin
and Earth and some other body of the solar system in relation to the Sun.”
“On March 15th, there will be a Sun-Earth-Elenin Alignment. I guess we can look for some EM
[electro-magnetic] activity following that. Storms, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, perhaps even
a little thinning of the veil?”
“On September 27th, there will be another Sun-Earth-Elenin alignment. There will also be a new
moon at this time (rather close) and this might produce more dramatic EM action on the planet. If
you check the angles plotted on the graph … you’ll see that this alignment is actually very
interesting because Mercury also lines up on the opposite side of the Sun. So it is really a
“On November 23rd, another Sun-Earth-Elenin alignment. The new moon of November comes two days
later on the 25th, so that might be “close enough for horseshoes” in the case of EM action. If
there are going to be any discharge related events as described in McCanney’s theory, these
dates may be important.”
McCanney’s theory states: (30)
“The increase in extreme weather events noted above can be understood in the context of theories
that take cosmic events into account. One such theory by James McCanney proposes that
electromagnetic interaction between the planets, moons, comets and the sun result in tremendous
discharges of energy which directly impact our weather.”
“As James McCanney explains in an interview he did for Spectrum Magazine in 2003:
The [New] Moon moves in front of Earth, breaks that electrical flow [between the sun and Earth],
and then moves out of the way. It gives us tremendous bombardment after that Moon moves out of the
way, the first and second day after the New Moon. That's the condition that has been identified as
being one of the leading causes of kicking-off major hurricanes and storms. What it does is: The
Moon is interacting with the solar electric field. It's that CHANGE which causes the storms, and
causes the environment around Earth to change, and thus affects Earth weather.”
Another site offers a further explanation of McCanney’s theory: (31)
“As long as a comet is discharging the solar capacitor, it doesn't need to collide with Earth
for us to experience its effects. Large solar flares triggered by electrical interactions with
comets, electrical currents flowing to Earth, and gravitational tidal waves can all take their
toll. This "action-at-a-distance" phenomenon can cause extreme weather and storms, volcanoes,
earthquakes, floods, pollution events (e.g., pandemics, plagues, "Black Death", raining fire,
etc.), pole shifts, mass extinctions, meteor showers, mountain building, and huge electric
discharges between Earth and a large, passing comet.”
While certain planetary alignments have the potential to cause solar storms on their own, a period
of very high solar activity is most likely an indication of a large comet (or comets) discharging
the solar capacitor. When a large comet nucleus cuts through the solar capacitor's structure,
igniting and discharging, it sets up a feedback loop with the Sun, pumping up the Sun's output,
which in turn pumps up the discharging comet. When a third body enters into this alignment, the
effects are even more exacerbated; for example, when Comet Lee aligned with Earth and Venus
causing four major hurricanes to develop simultaneously in September, 1999. McCanney lists several
other examples of this sort in his book. This is why events such as planetary eclipses,
oppositions and conjunctions are of interest in McCanney's model. These planetary alignments
appear to provide conductive pathways for the solar capacitor to discharge itself. When a planet
suddenly finds itself in the middle of such an alignment, it essentially gets "zapped", or caught
between a plasma structure of flowing electric current. …”
On the other hand, NASA stated: (32)
"Comet Elenin will not encounter any dark bodies that could perturb its orbit, nor will it
influence us in any way here on Earth".
In the end, I found that Sircus’ statements about Comet Elenin – and its effects on Earth –
are not supported by the facts now available. The warnings that Sircus gave in his blog are
largely based on unproven hypotheses and myths.
(1) Who is Dr. Mark Sircus?
(2) Mark Sircus, “Bad News from NASA: Proof That Comet Elenin Is Affecting Earth,” May
(3) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “C/2010 X1 (Elenin),”
(4) Mark Sircus, “Bad News from NASA: Proof That Comet Elenin Is Affecting Earth,” May
(5) Rome Reports, “Russia and Vatican agree to more cooperation after Pope's meeting with
Medvedev,” February 18, 2011,
(6) Elizabeth Tyler, “A Nine-Planet Solar System Once More? NASA Telescope May Reveal New
Planet, Tyche,” TIME Newsfeed,
(7) EU Times, “Russian Leader Confirms To Pope New Planet Arrival In 2012,”
(8) “Eye,” “Russian Warning Issued Over ‘Controlled’ Comet Headed Towards
Earth,” March 1, 2011,
(10) Above Top Secret, “Why Is Russia Building 5000 More Nuclear Bomb Shelters In Moscow
By The End Of 2012?”,
(11) University of Louisiana at Lafayette,
(12) Wikipedia, “Gas Giant,”
(13) Paul Blakemore, “Does the Sun have a doomsday twin?,” UK Telegraph, October 18,
this article, and other related reports, is also at
(14) Wikipedia, “Tyche (hypothetical planet),”
(15) Michael Sheridan, “Could space telescope WISE reveal Planet X? Astrophysicists John
Matese and Daniel Whitmire hope so,” New York Daily News, February 15, 2011,
(16) Earth-Issues.com, “Pacific Plate starting to shift” and “Huge asteroid will hit
Antarctic in 2012,” blog posts of April 13, 2011,
(17) Canadafirst, “Huge asteroid will hit Antarctica in 2012,” January 12, 2011,
(18) Mark Sircus, “Bad News from NASA: Proof That Comet Elenin Is Affecting Earth,” May
(19) Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “C/2010 X1 (Elenin),”
(20) Earth-Issues.com, “Comet Elenin and the Pole Shift,” March 14, 2010,
(21) “Eye,” “Comet Elenin Update,” The Watchers, March 12, 2011,
(22) A trajectory animation of these two comets is at
(23) “Eye”, “Universal Cycle – Co-Creation and February 10 and October 28, 2011,”
The Watchers, February 9, 2011,
(24) NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “Comet Elenin: Preview of a Coming Attraction,”
May 4, 2011,
(25) Wikipedia, “Comet,”
(26) “Eye,” “Comet Elenin continues to increase in size,” The Watchers, April 10,
(27) SpaceObs.org, “The passage of comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) through the Main Asteroid
Belt,” March 1, 2011,
(28) Mark Sircus, “Bad News from NASA: Proof That Comet Elenin Is Affecting Earth,” May
(29) “Eye,” “Comet Elenin Update!,” The Watchers, March 12, 2011,
(30) Sott Editors, “Connecting the Dots: Earth Changes Are Upon Us,” Sott.net, April
(31) Harrison Koehli, “Planet-X, Comets and Earth Changes, by J. M. McCanney,”
Sott.net, March 21, 2011,
(32) NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, “Comet Elenin: Preview of a Coming Attraction,”
May 4, 2011,
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