Key Facts

Overview

C/1853 L1 (Klinkerfues) is a large comet with a trajectory through the solar system likely originating from the Oort Cloud. NASA JPL has not classified Klinkerfues as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Klinkerfues orbits the sun every 0 days (0.00 years), coming as close as 0.37 AU and reaching as far as -2454.37 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, Klinkerfues is probably between 2658.000 to 5943.469 kilometers in diameter, making it the largest asteroid/dwarf planet, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. state of Alaska.

No Close Approaches

Klinkerfues's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is very close to Earth's orbit.

Orbital simulations conducted by NASA JPL's CNEOS do not show any close approaches to Earth.

Images and Observations

Klinkerfues's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 11, 1853. It was last officially observed on Jan. 10, 1854. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 350 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: 2398080.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: -1227.0 AU
  • Eccentricity: 1.0003
  • Inclination: 61.5°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 142.57°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 170.44°
  • Mean Anomaly: 0.0°

Physical Characteristics

  • Diameter: ~3431.463 km

Derived Characteristics

  • Aphelion Distance: -2454.37 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 0.37 AU

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