Key Facts


Comet 153P/Ikeya-Zhang is an object whose orbit does not match any defined comet orbit class. NASA JPL has not classified 153P/Ikeya-Zhang as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

153P/Ikeya-Zhang orbits the sun every 133,000 days (364.13 years), coming as close as 0.51 AU and reaching as far as 101.73 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical.

No Close Approaches

153P/Ikeya-Zhang's orbit is 0.33 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a 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

153P/Ikeya-Zhang's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 25, 2001. It was last officially observed on Oct. 2, 2002. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,893 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: 2452402.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 51.12 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.9901
  • Inclination: 28.12°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 93.37°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 34.67°
  • Mean Anomaly: 0.13°

Physical Characteristics

  • Magnitude: 4.0

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 133,000 days (364.13 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 4.18 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 101.73 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.51 AU

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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