24P/Schaumasse is a small comet whose orbit features a relatively short period, low inclination, and is controlled by Jupiter's gravitational effects. NASA JPL has classified 24P/Schaumasse 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.
24P/Schaumasse orbits the sun every 3,017 days (8.26 years), coming as close as 1.21 AU and reaching as far as 6.97 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. 24P/Schaumasse is about 2.6 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to Mount Everest.
24P/Schaumasse's orbit is 0.28 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.
Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.
24P/Schaumasse's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 7, 2000. It was last officially observed on June 19, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 832 observations used to determine its orbit.
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