Key Facts

Overview

6P/d'Arrest 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 6P/d'Arrest as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

6P/d'Arrest orbits the sun every 2,395 days (6.56 years), coming as close as 1.36 AU and reaching as far as 5.65 AU from the sun. 6P/d'Arrest is about 3.2 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than most asteroids, comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.

No Close Approaches

6P/d'Arrest's orbit is 0.35 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

6P/d'Arrest's orbit is determined by observations dating back to March 31, 1987. It was last officially observed on Jan. 14, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,194 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: 2457200.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 3.50368336934 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.61142192287
  • Inclination: 19.4816816275°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 138.933712771°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 178.115229318°
  • Mean Anomaly: 17.5204675327°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: 3.20000 km
  • Magnitude: 14.8

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 2,395 days (6.56 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 15.91 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 5.65 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 1.36 AU

Size Comparison

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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