22nd May 2011 Notes: What Is It?

While we were watching Elenin today, we noticed that there was something else in the picture as well. We have included 2 pictures below with the bottom row pointing out what we were looking at.

Elenin is just to the left of centre in each picture.

In the first picture, there are 3 “stars” in a group to the right of Elenin. We noticed that in our series of pictures that we took of elenin that one of those stars was moving over time and was heading towards the bottom of the picture.

If you look at the 2nd picture, you will see only two of the stars are to the right of the comet. We have pointed out in the 2nd picture bottom row where the object moved to.

At this stage we are suspecting it may be an unknown asteroid . There were no known asteroids, satellites or planets in the area at that time.

Unknown Object 22nd May (Click to Enlarge)

Sydneystargazers : Elenin Is Just A Comet

~ by sydneystargazers on May 22, 2011.

13 Responses to “22nd May 2011 Notes: What Is It?”

  1. This is from my friend Morris about this post … “Amy…

    Am I the only one who has discovered these UFO objects, aside from the person that wrote the article that prompted me to look at the comet differently?

    We got lucky to find a photo with this mist before it disappeared which it seems it has from what the Starqazers have said. Nevertheless the photos show these objects exist and that they moved and are under intelligent control. Looks like you have an exclusive Amy. I would think for others outside this blog to not believe this analysis and look for simpler explanations that fit a different mind frame.”


  2. The plot thickens

  3. Yeah…definitely something there…that is no doubt, but I guess you see what you want to believe it is. If you believe it is a UFO, then that’s what you see. If you believe it is an asteroid, then that’s what it is. Good work finding it, whatever it is.

  4. We believe it is an unknown asteroid and have submitted it for checking.

    • That’ll be a feather in SSGs cap, when you consider the amount of attention Elenin has been getting.
      Good luck.

  5. wow

  6. Do you have time stamps? How fast is this “asteroid(aka unknown)” moving?

    It’s a shooting gallery out there! Great work SSG!

  7. I have seen many images of Elenin with unexplained objects that appear to be accompanying this comet. As it gets closer the images will reveal more.

    Interesting stuff… Good work guys and gals!

    Do you have the current co-ordinates for Elenin?


  8. Was it this asteroid?

    1999 RQ176 (asteroid number 74732)

  9. drossman

    We know that asteroid 1999 RQ176 was in the area of comet elenin at the time. But when we fed the ephemeris data of 1999 RQ176 into or planetarium software, it showed the asteroid location further away from the comet and in a different position.

    But that could mean that the planetarium software is not that accurate or there was a problem with the ephemeris data we fed in.

    But yes 1999 RQ176 is a really slow moving asteroid and what we saw could have been the asteroid…. just our planetarium is not backing us up on that.

  10. Thanks for the reply. Maybe 1999 RQ176 was perturbed in some way?

  11. Judging by Elenin’s position relative to the background stars, I was observing it only minutes after your first image. I was actually looking for 1999 RQ176 and found it at its predicted coordinates, which is outside the field of view of your image. Checking the position of what you saw I do see a what might be a very faint point-like light source at about the same position, slightly lower in declination than your first image, but much higher than the second image (which to me looks more like a cosmic ray hit during a blue filtered exposure or on a blue filtered pixel). According to astromety, this object’s coordinates in my image would be 10h 27m 25s, +08d 08′ 30″.

    Checking the minor planet center, asteroid 2009 SH71’s predicted position is close to that, at 10h 26m 58.6s, +08d 08′ 23″. 2009 SH71’s orbit, however, is somewhat uncertain as the astrometric position data used to determine its orbit only covers a 30 day span of time from 2 years ago and additional observations of this asteroid would be helpful to refine the orbit (this according to the minor planet center). I find it somewhat surprising that this asteroid was detectable as it was predicted to be much dimmer than Elenin, at about magnitude 23. It’s possible, however, that given the short span of observations covering this object its size and/or albedo was underestimated, or perhaps it has an Iapetus-like surface with one side much darker than the other.

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