Or is it just another harmless comet?
1. He's recently participated in a conversation about his identity with a few people in a Yahoo group.
2. Many of his Facebook contacts have assured me that he is indeed the real deal, and even they are interested in the Comet Elenin/Planet X debate! While they rule out the conspiracy theories, they're still watching the comet closely because it is possible for it to get scary close to Earth, and other comets are keeping it company. One Facebook friend of Elenin's was very helpful and gave me a local lead, so I've got more updates to come!
3. Elenin has been very responsive and seemingly sincere, and he's not even poo poo-ing the conspiracy theorists, which tells me he's not some fake personality, ie puppet of a NASA cover up. Not to mention, there is a bit of info on him on the Internet going back to 2008, he's attached to real-life institutions, and you can find photos of him.
4. Although he's going by his English name now, he went by his Russian name before the blog...and in Russian, only his last name has any cryptic meaning.
But here are a few points I'm still hung up on:
2. I have yet to find traces of him from before 2008, and almost all are from 2010. His blog and article commentaries in 2010, pre comet discovery, seem staged, as if someone was building an identity.
3. He claims to be a private person who doesn't like photos or video, but he's been very responsive with me on Facebook and immediately accepted my friend request. Meanwhile, he won't do a single high-profile interview (there have been maybe two, tops, local Russian stories about him) or provide additional photos or video to help prove his identity.
4. His Facebook contacts are assuring me that Elenin is real by providing links to articles I've already found in my own research.
5. Even those who claim to know him and seem to be a part of the astronomical community, are curious about Comet Elenin, although they're not hopping on the 2012 bandwagon just yet.
6. Space.com, known for disinfo (at least I've come to this conclusion), put out a story about how spring is fireball season. BUT IT'S NOT! Perhaps NASA is preparing for the debris and meteors that are about to rain down on us due to the comet, the comet NASA has been telling us is harmless. Meanwhile, check out these "fireball" UFO sightings: Ontario green fireball, New Zealand desk-sized meteor