Key Facts

Overview

27P/Crommelin is a large comet with a medium-length orbit that is highly inclined to the ecliptic plane of the solar system. NASA JPL has classified 27P/Crommelin 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.

27P/Crommelin orbits the sun every 10,300 days (28.20 years), coming as close as 0.75 AU and reaching as far as 17.72 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 27P/Crommelin 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.

No Close Approaches

27P/Crommelin's orbit is 0.22 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.

Images and Observations

27P/Crommelin's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 12, 2011. It was last officially observed on Jan. 26, 2012. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 154 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: 2456364.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 9.236 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.919
  • Inclination: 28.97°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 250.63°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 196.03°
  • Mean Anomaly: 20.62°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~3431.463 km
  • Magnitude: 12.8

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 10,300 days (28.20 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 9.76 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 17.72 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.75 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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