2020 HW is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2020 HW 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.
2020 HW orbits the sun every 415 days (1.14 years), coming as close as 0.96 AU and reaching as far as 1.22 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2020 HW is probably between 0.016 to 0.036 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a school bus or smaller.
2020 HW's orbit is 0.03 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.
2020 HW has 3 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|April 16, 2020||4,821,133||13.890|
|Oct. 17, 2020||26,363,758||13.191|
|April 18, 2087||5,365,057||13.815|
2020 HW's orbit is determined by observations dating back to April 16, 2020. It was last officially observed on April 22, 2020. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 28 observations used to determine its orbit.
The position of 2020 HW 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 2020 HW to create an approximate landscape rendering. The approximation is built for full-resolution desktop browsers. Shape, color, and texture of asteroid are imagined.