Key Facts

Overview

4P/Faye is a small comet whose orbit features a relatively short period, low inclination, and is controlled by Jupiter's gravitational effects. NASA JPL has not classified 4P/Faye as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

4P/Faye orbits the sun every 2,747 days (7.52 years), coming as close as 1.65 AU and reaching as far as 6.02 AU from the sun. 4P/Faye is about 3.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

No Close Approaches

4P/Faye's orbit is 0.67 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is an very 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

4P/Faye's orbit is determined by observations dating back to May 24, 1998. It was last officially observed on June 10, 2015. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 4,460 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: 2457262.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.83815915789 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.569617549685
  • Inclination: 9.07029451027°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 199.143982412°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 205.125817718°
  • Mean Anomaly: 59.6562966965°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 3.54000 km
  • Magnitude: 10.9

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,747 days (7.52 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 15.20 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 6.02 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.65 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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