Key Facts

Overview

Comet 331P/Gibbs is an object whose orbit brings it closer to the sun than Jupiter. NASA JPL has not classified 331P/Gibbs as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

331P/Gibbs orbits the sun every 1,902 days (5.21 years), coming as close as 2.88 AU and reaching as far as 3.13 AU from the sun.

No Close Approaches

331P/Gibbs's orbit is 1.88 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

331P/Gibbs's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 26, 2004. It was last officially observed on June 30, 2019. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 155 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: 2456070.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.00424803302 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.0419739209808
  • Inclination: 9.73954031553°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 216.860425043°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 177.547886766°
  • Mean Anomaly: 148.829549208°

Physical Characteristics

  • Magnitude: 12.4

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 1,902 days (5.21 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 17.18 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.13 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 2.88 AU

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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