82P/Gehrels 3 is a mid-sized comet whose orbit brings it closer to the sun than Jupiter. NASA JPL has not classified 82P/Gehrels 3 as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.
82P/Gehrels 3 orbits the sun every 3,080 days (8.43 years), coming as close as 3.63 AU and reaching as far as 4.65 AU from the sun. 82P/Gehrels 3 is about 1.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the U.S. Pentagon.
82P/Gehrels 3's orbit is 2.64 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.
82P/Gehrels 3's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 27, 1975. It was last officially observed on May 20, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 140 observations used to determine its orbit.
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