Key Facts

Overview

11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is a large comet whose orbit features a relatively short period, low inclination, and is controlled by Jupiter's gravitational effects. NASA JPL has not classified 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR orbits the sun every 2,300 days (6.30 years), coming as close as 1.55 AU and reaching as far as 5.27 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR is probably between 2658.000 to 5943.469 kilometers in diameter, making it the largest asteroid/dwarf planet, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of Alaska.

No Close Approaches

11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR's orbit is 0.57 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an very wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.

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

Images and Observations

11P/Tempel-Swift-LINEAR's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 1, 2001. It was last officially observed on Jan. 19, 2015. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 97 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: 2454527.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.414 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.5449
  • Inclination: 13.55°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 240.52°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 163.9°
  • Mean Anomaly: 350.05°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~3431.463 km
  • Magnitude: 16.0

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,300 days (6.30 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 16.15 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.27 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.55 AU

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