Key Facts

Overview

Comet Pons is an object whose orbit does not match any defined comet orbit class. NASA JPL has not classified Pons as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Pons orbits the sun every 275,764 days (755.00 years), coming as close as 1.58 AU and reaching as far as 164.18 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical.

No Close Approaches

Pons's orbit is AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

Pons's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 18, 1811. It was last officially observed on Feb. 16, 1812. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 69 observations used to determine its orbit.

Accessibility and Exploration

This comet is not considered a viable target for human exploration by the NHATS study.

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Orbital Elements

  • Epoch: 2382828.0427 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 82.8809998 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.980916
  • Inclination: 31.2554°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 95.6306°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 314.5022°
  • Mean Anomaly: 0.0°

Physical Characteristics

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 275,764 days (755.00 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 3.27 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 164.18 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.58 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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