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Comet's Levy - Honda - Elenin Close Up Photos. NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab reports that Comet Elenin is a small, â€œwimpyâ€ comet that should be at its brightest shortly before the time of its closest approach to Earth on October 16, 2011. Then it will be 22 million miles from Earth (35 million kms). On May 4, 2011, Comet Elenin was about 170 million miles (274 million kms) from Earth. Don Yeomans of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, explains that Comet Elenin is a â€œmodest-sized icy dirt ball that might not put on a great show, but it's a relatively young comet from way outside our solar system's planetary regionâ€ that will arc close enough for us to see with binoculars and then will head back out to be gone for thousands of years. For more information, see: NASA JPL Comet Elenin.