8P/Tuttle is a mid-sized comet whose orbit features a relatively short period, low inclination, and is controlled by Jupiter's gravitational effects. NASA JPL has classified 8P/Tuttle 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.
8P/Tuttle orbits the sun every 4,970 days (13.61 years), coming as close as 1.03 AU and reaching as far as 10.37 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. 8P/Tuttle is about 4.5 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 99% of asteroids, comparable in size to the island of Manhattan.
8P/Tuttle's orbit is 0.10 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.
8P/Tuttle has 2 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Dec. 28, 2048||26,202,146||31.964|
|Dec. 25, 2130||14,370,012||32.617|
8P/Tuttle's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Jan. 7, 1967. It was last officially observed on June 6, 2008. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 1,555 observations used to determine its orbit.
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