482488 (2012 SW20) is a very small asteroid whose orbit crosses the orbit of Earth. NASA JPL has classified 2012 SW20 as a "Potentially Hazardous Asteroid" due to its predicted close pass(es) with Earth.
2012 SW20 orbits the sun every 1,410 days (3.86 years), coming as close as 0.79 AU and reaching as far as 4.13 AU from the sun. Based on its brightness and the way it reflects light, 2012 SW20 is probably between 0.295 to 0.661 kilometers in diameter, making it larger than 90% of asteroids but tiny compared to large asteroids, very roughly comparable in size to the U.S. Capitol building.
2012 SW20's orbit is 0.00 AU from Earth's orbit at its closest point. This means that its orbit is relatively close to Earth's orbit.
2012 SW20 has 4 close approaches predicted in the coming decades:
|Date||Distance from Earth (km)||Velocity (km/s)|
|April 29, 2051||7,095,579||15.436|
|June 1, 2107||23,535,334||10.885|
|Aug. 24, 2111||24,985,471||16.246|
|June 17, 2156||25,934,351||10.379|
2012 SW20's orbit is determined by observations dating back to Sept. 18, 2012. It was last officially observed on Oct. 27, 2016. The IAU Minor Planet Center records 293 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 2012 SW20 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.