2005 LW3 is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2005 LW3 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
2005 LW3 orbits the sun every 625 days (1.71 years), coming as close as 0.77 AU and reaching as far as 2.09 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2005 LW3 is probably between 0.126 to 0.282 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a basketball court.
2005 LW3'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.
2005 LW3 has 8 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Nov. 23, 2022||1,140,105||13.494|
|Nov. 9, 2041||18,147,893||10.005|
|June 27, 2048||13,087,885||11.247|
|Oct. 27, 2072||25,533,186||9.636|
|June 17, 2079||16,445,108||15.859|
|Nov. 22, 2084||452,441||13.298|
|Nov. 29, 2103||10,944,684||15.364|
|June 18, 2117||16,313,367||15.849|
2005 LW3's orbit is determined by observations dating back to June 5, 2005. It was last officially observed on April 24, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 69 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2005 LW3 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.
The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2005 LW3 to create an approximate landscape rendering with New York City in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.