Key Facts

Overview

Comet P/2011 S1 (Gibbs) is an object whose orbit is approximately between Jupiter and Neptune. NASA JPL has not classified Gibbs as potentially hazardous because its orbit does not bring it close to Earth.

Gibbs orbits the sun every 9,296 days (25.45 years), coming as close as 6.89 AU and reaching as far as 10.41 AU from the sun.

No Close Approaches

Gibbs's orbit is 5.90 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.

Images and Observations

Gibbs's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 29, 2010. It was last officially observed on Jan. 3, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 145 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: 2456389.5 JD
  • Semi-major axis: 8.65253096932 AU
  • Eccentricity: 0.203195792299
  • Inclination: 2.67930996344°
  • Longitude of Ascending Node: 218.896233167°
  • Argument of Periapsis: 193.33008806°
  • Mean Anomaly: 340.505417207°

Physical Characteristics

  • Magnitude: 5.3

Derived Characteristics

  • Orbit Period: 9,296 days (25.45 years)
  • Avg. Orbit Speed: 10.13 km/s
  • Aphelion Distance: 10.41 AU
  • Perihelion Distance: 6.89 AU

Orbit Simulation

Sky Map

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