Key Facts

  • Categorized as a Encke-type Comet
  • Comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building (0.42 km diameter)
  • Not a Near Earth Object
  • Not a Potentially Hazardous Object
  • See orbit simulation

Overview

147P/Kushida-Muramatsu is a very small comet whose orbit brings it closer to the sun than Jupiter. NASA JPL has not classified 147P/Kushida-Muramatsu as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

147P/Kushida-Muramatsu orbits the sun every 2,713 days (7.43 years), coming as close as 2.76 AU and reaching as far as 4.86 AU from the sun. 147P/Kushida-Muramatsu is about 0.4 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building.

No Close Approaches

147P/Kushida-Muramatsu's orbit is 1.77 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an extremely 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

147P/Kushida-Muramatsu's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Dec. 8, 1993. It was last officially observed on Feb. 22, 2009. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 256 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: 2454801.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.80708579122 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.27602520839
  • Inclination: 2.36796357206°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 93.7620655345°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 346.840834185°
  • Mean Anomaly: 9.17257707623°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 0.42000 km
  • Magnitude: 4.5

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,713 days (7.43 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 15.26 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 4.86 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.76 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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