|Comet Elenin's discover, Leonid Elenin|
Well, I'm pretty damned frustrated at all the confusion around Comet Elenin. So, I’ve temporarily steered this blog away from the UFO stuff (that will come later this week, promise!). Hopefully I can locate some semblance of a Smoking Gun.
So, I did some digging. If I could prove that the name Leonid Elenin was a concoction, I could prove that it's a codename. I discovered that Leonid Yelenin (or Леонид Еленин) does indeed exist, or did exist at some point...traces start to show up in 2008. But Leonid Elenin is a new, edited name showing up in 2010.
Is he real? Yes, thank God. Is Leonid Elenin his real name? Not quite.
- NASA says that there is no Planet X, and Comet Elenin is just another comet that will give us a nice show in October.
- Elenin is not an unusual last name
- Leonid is not all that unusual a first name
- There are a handful of references to Yelenin Leonid/Leonid Yelenin from 2009 and 2008: Referred to as Yelenin Leonid, April 2008, 2008 astronomy forum, 2009 comet site
- He is active on his blog, and chats with people regularly about the comet’s trajectory. He apparently knows Russian and English.
- There are two photos of him on the internet, one attached to an interview, and one attached to an institution he’s a member of.
- Here’s a local Russian story about the comet discovery, that gives Elenin some personality.
- Here are some 2010 quotes from him in some news stories about space events, pre comet-discovery: quote 1, quote 2
- He’s attached to real-life institutions: Keldysh Institute of Applied Mathematics RAS, Researcher • Jul 2009 to present, Moscow Aviation Institute, class of 2004
- His name shows up on this forum for a product, indicates he’s active on Internet – but this could be a chosen user name, too.
- He has a Facebook page:
Reasons why we should worry
- The full name of Leonid Elenin translates to (in its realest, rawest form): Prophetic meteor shower from constellation LEO that peaks in November, extinction level event, Sumerian lady goddess. Of course, conveniently or inconveniently, this sums up the whole Planet X conspiracy theory in a nut shell…big planet or comet or asteroid headed our way, look to LEO, will get close in October/November…will cause mass extinctions…warned about in ancient Sumerian astronomy, planets as gods.
- Comet Elenin’s orbital path and timing is nearly identical to Planet X’s (its orbit was mapped out before the comet’s discovery), the one hinted at/warned about by the ancients and theorized to exist for over a century by modern scientists - due to Uranis and Neptune’s odd orbits. Regardless, NASA admits they don’t know Elenin’s size and there’s always a small chance it could cause damage.
- The full name of Leonid Elenin is completely original, in both Russian and English – I have found no one else with this name.
- The English name Leonid Elenin does not start showing up until March-ish 2010, when a blog is set up that eventually documents Elenin’s December discovery.
- There is no audio or video of Elenin, just two similar-looking photos, and quotes throughout articles and a few interviews.
- His name on Facebook is Leonid Elenin, not his Russian name or accurately translated English name, which he apparently used before.
- Furthermore, his Facebook page shows that he’s a fan of a lot of astronomy/comet pages (this looks forced/spam my to me). He also accepted me as a Facebook friend. I think he’s accepting all friends. This is odd to me, for a guy apparently so private.
- I’ve yet to find anyone who can verify that they’ve met him. Even interviews seem to be via text – no US media has interviewed the guy. Here’s a quote from someone who follows him on Google Buzz (Gmail contact) and Facebook, who I emailed: “Hi. I never met Dr. Elenin but I'm speaking with him by phone and by e-mail regularly”
- And from another Facebook friend, someone who’s worked at a prominent US company: “Never met the guy (if there really is a guy to meet), I friended him on Facebook because I want to know the truth, just like you guys.”
- Yelenin is an obscure amateur Russian astronomer (you have to translate a lot to find out any info), who seemed to discover Elenin almost by accident.