Key Facts

Overview

Comet 269P/Jedicke is an object whose orbit features a relatively short period, low inclination, and is controlled by Jupiter's gravitational effects. NASA JPL has not classified 269P/Jedicke as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

269P/Jedicke orbits the sun every 7,070 days (19.36 years), coming as close as 4.08 AU and reaching as far as 10.35 AU from the sun.

No Close Approaches

269P/Jedicke's orbit is 3.10 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

269P/Jedicke's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 12, 1993. It was last officially observed on March 21, 2017. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 900 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: 2455129.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 7.212 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.4347
  • Inclination: 6.61°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 248.99°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 223.92°
  • Mean Anomaly: 265.45°

Physical Characteristics

  • Magnitude: 6.7

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 7,070 days (19.36 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 11.10 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 10.35 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 4.08 AU

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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