Anjana Ahuja on a “wimpy” comet, fishing stocks and how we are all deceiving ourselves

Astronomical speculation shrouds Comet Elenin, which takes 11,600 years to orbit the Sun and will make its closest approach to Earth on 16th October. Nasa is confident that this icy cosmic visitor, which will come to within 35 million kilometres and be visible through binoculars and telescopes, does not spell Armageddon. “Right now, that comet looks kind of wimpy,” confesses a disappointed official.

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