Key Facts


Comet 166P/NEAT is an object whose orbit is approximately between Jupiter and Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified 166P/NEAT as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

166P/NEAT orbits the sun every 18,900 days (51.75 years), coming as close as 8.56 AU and reaching as far as 19.20 AU from the sun.

No Close Approaches

166P/NEAT's orbit is 7.58 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

166P/NEAT's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 27, 2001. It was last officially observed on Feb. 28, 2009. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 168 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: 2452819.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 13.88 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.3831
  • Inclination: 15.37°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 64.49°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 321.88°
  • Mean Anomaly: 7.7°

Physical Characteristics

  • Magnitude: 7.0

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 18,900 days (51.75 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 7.99 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 19.20 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 8.56 AU

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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