2006 WE4 is a small asteroid with an orbit that is entirely confined within Earth's orbit. NASA JPL has classified 2006 WE4 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.
2006 WE4 orbits the sun every 254 days (0.70 years), coming as close as 0.64 AU and reaching as far as 0.93 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2006 WE4 is probably between 0.441 to 0.986 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than ~97% of asteroids but small compared to large asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the Golden Gate Bridge.
2006 WE4'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.
2006 WE4 has 13 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Jan. 25, 2034||16,186,314||13.758|
|Jan. 21, 2050||23,174,057||14.857|
|Feb. 1, 2059||20,985,237||12.827|
|Jan. 29, 2075||15,514,298||13.165|
|Jan. 25, 2091||16,538,463||13.836|
|Jan. 22, 2107||24,048,827||14.981|
|Feb. 3, 2116||20,347,678||12.845|
|Jan. 30, 2132||15,330,178||13.208|
|Jan. 26, 2148||16,916,996||13.906|
|Feb. 6, 2157||28,947,039||12.876|
|Jan. 22, 2164||24,724,043||15.076|
|Feb. 2, 2173||19,614,179||12.867|
|Jan. 29, 2189||15,200,276||13.261|
2006 WE4's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Nov. 21, 2006. It was last officially observed on July 25, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 59 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2006 WE4 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 above comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2006 WE4 to create an approximate landscape rendering with Mount Everest in the background. This approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.