C/2010 X1 Elenin in process of disintegrating

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Hello all.

As expected, comet C/2010 X1 Elenin appears to be in the process of
disintegrating.
1 week after witnessing its dramatic fading on Saturday August 20.39UT ,
a CCD image taken last night Saturday August 27.37UT reveals that the
nucleus has spread out into an elongated, diffuse smudge.
Visually through an 8″ telescope, the comet is noticebly more diffuse and
elongated in appearance. Magnitude estimate 8.9.
Kind of reminiscent of C/1999 S4 LINEAR. This demonstrates the fragile
nature of comets!

http://members.westnet.com.au/mmatti/sc.htm

The images may be used with permission.
Below are my complete visual observations in ICQ format.

2010X1 2011 07 21.42 S 10.5 TK 20 L 6 45 3 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 07 25.40 S 10.2 TK 20 L 6 45 3 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 07 28.40 S 10.0 TK 20 L 6 45 3 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 07 30.40 S 9.5 TK 10 B 25 4 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 08 03.40 S 9.3 TK 10 B 25 3 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 110803.40 Moonlight 17% [MAT08]
2010X1 2011 08 07.39 S 9.0 TK 10 B 25 3 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 000807.39 Moonlight 60% [MAT08]
2010X1 2011 08 17.39 S 8.2 TK 10 B 25 4 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 08 19.39 S 8.1 TK 10 B 25 4 4 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 08 20.39 S 8.6 TK 10 B 25 3 3 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 110820.39 Distinct fading and more diffuse than last nights
observation [MAT08]
2010X1 2011 08 22.39 S 8.8 TK 10 B 25 3 3 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 110822.39 fading confirmed [MAT08]
2010X1 2011 08 23.39 S 8.9 TK 10 B 25 3 3 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 08 24.39 S 8.9 TK 10 B 25 3 3 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 110824.39 no change in appearance [MAT08]
2010X1 2011 08 25.39 S 9.0 TK 10 B 25 3 2 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 2011 08 27.39 S 8.9 TK 20 L 6 45 3 2 ICQ nn MAT08
2010X1 110827.39 Appears as an elongated diffuse smudge. Sign of
disintegration. [MAT08]

cheers,
Michael Mattiazzo
Castlemaine, Victoria. Australia

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