169P/NEAT is a large comet whose orbit features a relatively short period, low inclination, and is controlled by Jupiter's gravitational effects. NASA JPL has classified 169P/NEAT as a "Near Earth Asteroid" due to its orbit's proximity to Earth, but it is not considered potentially hazardous because computer simulations have not indicated any imminent likelihood of future collision.
169P/NEAT orbits the sun every 1,540 days (4.22 years), coming as close as 0.61 AU and reaching as far as 4.60 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 169P/NEAT 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.
The rotation of 169P/NEAT has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 8.37 days.
169P/NEAT's orbit is 0.14 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
169P/NEAT has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Aug. 11, 2026||25,008,112||19.897|
|Jan. 15, 2056||25,870,973||19.254|
|July 24, 2072||29,140,768||26.867|
|Jan. 30, 2169||25,812,226||26.669|
|July 26, 2185||17,794,929||25.858|
|Jan. 30, 2194||15,139,550||25.186|
169P/NEAT's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 7, 1989. It was last officially observed on May 13, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,213 observations used to determine its orbit.
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