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About six million years ago, a small comet, which we now know as Comet Elenin, under the influence gravitational perturbations unknown to us, strayed out of its orbit and went on to its first, and as we now know, last encounter with the Sun. During its long journey, man appeared on the Earth, who, in the early 21st century, made his way so as to discover a distant wanderer…

Comet C/2010 X1 (Elenin) was discovered a year ago, December 10, 2010. At that time nothing predicted the “fame” attained by this comet, informally known as the “Great Doomsday Comet of 2011″. It is still unclear why this comet was selected for this role, but it happened that its influence was supposed to be responsible for a shift in Earth’s magnetic poles, terrible earthquakes, and, simply, a collision with the Earth. Other charlatans said that alien spacecraft were flying behind it, and its occupants would soon take over the Earth … As we can see now, when the comet, not having caused anyone harm, became interplanetary dust; nothing of the sort happened.

The whole story was another example of the pressure of hysteria, intimidating people, and just making money. So it was in 1997 with Comet Hale-Bopp, so it was with Comet Elenin. I hope that in the future, the number of people believing in all the lies written about Comet C/2010 X1 will lessen. But unfortunately, it is clear that such stories will be repeated in just a few years as the wheel of history turns. But the real truth and science will prevail again!