388945 (2008 TZ3) is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2008 TZ3 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
2008 TZ3 orbits the sun every 733 days (2.01 years), coming as close as 0.97 AU and reaching as far as 2.21 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2008 TZ3 is probably between 0.215 to 0.481 kilometers in diameter, making it a small to average asteroid, very roughly comparable in size to a football field.
The rotation of 2008 TZ3 has been observed. It completes a rotation on its axis every 39.15 hours.
2008 TZ3's orbit is 0.02 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that there is a wide berth between this asteroid and Earth at all times.
2008 TZ3 has 18 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|May 10, 2020||2,793,339||8.776|
|May 15, 2022||5,741,728||8.216|
|May 25, 2024||11,207,086||7.664|
|June 12, 2026||16,794,692||7.485|
|July 2, 2028||20,373,967||7.679|
|July 22, 2030||23,432,449||8.722|
|Aug. 2, 2032||28,833,800||10.838|
|April 26, 2159||24,660,022||13.273|
|May 1, 2161||13,661,923||11.248|
|May 7, 2163||5,248,083||9.670|
|May 10, 2165||3,038,142||9.005|
|May 13, 2167||3,779,637||8.635|
|May 19, 2169||7,721,361||7.971|
|May 31, 2171||12,969,017||7.497|
|June 17, 2173||17,701,777||7.444|
|July 9, 2175||20,784,051||7.644|
|July 26, 2177||23,371,546||8.777|
|Aug. 7, 2179||28,424,150||10.892|
2008 TZ3's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Oct. 6, 2008. It was last officially observed on Oct. 24, 2022. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 2,074 observations used to determine its orbit.
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The below comparison is an artistic rendering that uses available data on the diameter of 2008 TZ3 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.