Key Facts


Comet C/1880 C1 (Great southern comet) is an object with a trajectory through the solar system likely originating from the Oort Cloud. NASA JPL has not classified Great southern comet as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Great southern comet orbits the sun every days ( years), coming as close as -0.00 AU and reaching as far as -1041.80 AU from the sun. Its orbit is highly elliptical.

No Close Approaches

Great southern comet's orbit is 0.55 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

Great southern comet's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Feb. 10, 1880. It was last officially observed on Feb. 15, 1880. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 7 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: 2407759.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: -520.9 AU
  • Eccentricity: 1.0
  • Inclination: 144.76°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 8.45°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 86.69°
  • Mean Anomaly: 0.0°

Physical Characteristics

Derived Characteristics

  • Aphelion Distance: -1041.80 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: -0.00 AU

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

The position of C/1880 C1 (Great southern comet) is indicated by a ◯ pink circle. Note that the object may not be in your current field of view. Use the controls below to adjust position, location, and time.