2016 WZ7 is a very small asteroid whose orbit approaches the orbit of Earth but does not cross it. NASA JPL has classified 2016 WZ7 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.
2016 WZ7 orbits the sun every 725 days (1.98 years), coming as close as 1.03 AU and reaching as far as 2.13 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2016 WZ7 is probably between 0.070 to 0.156 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2016 WZ7's orbit is 0.07 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.
2016 WZ7 has 6 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|Sept. 29, 2020||16,037,085||5.839|
|Sept. 15, 2022||28,568,701||9.246|
|Nov. 20, 2117||17,000,513||7.549|
|Nov. 6, 2119||9,529,453||4.934|
|Oct. 6, 2121||14,602,714||5.378|
|Sept. 19, 2123||26,378,363||8.686|
2016 WZ7's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Aug. 8, 2016. It was last officially observed on Dec. 10, 2018. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 101 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2016 WZ7 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 2016 WZ7 to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.