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Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is a Near Earth Object. If you've heard news about a potential impact of this asteroid with the Earth, please check out Will Asteroid Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 Impact Earth?.

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is currently in the constellation of Virgo. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is 12h 58m 13s and the Declination is -00° 54’ 45” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is 26.24 (JPL).

Summary of key facts about Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 [tip: you can also create a Quick Access page for this data if you access it frequently and would like to have a simpler view]:

12h 58m 13s
-00° 54’ 45”

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Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 Position and Finder Charts

Below we provide Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 finder charts showing where the object is right now in the sky with respect to the brightest stars. The first finder chart has a field of view of 50 degrees, while the second one has a field of view of 10 degrees. Click on each finder chart to access a full screen interactive Online Planetarium.

Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 in Virgo on December, 04 2021
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 in Virgo on December, 04 2021
Field of view: 10x6 degrees
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 = visible to the naked eye
 = binocular, brighter than 10th magnitude
= current altitude ≥ 30°   = current altitude < 30°   = below the horizon
Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]

Also check out Where is Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3?, a page that provides all the information needed to find Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 in the sky and additional links to sky charts.

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 Distance from Earth

The distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 from Earth is currently 362,547,209 kilometers, equivalent to 2.423478 Astronomical Units. Light takes 20 minutes and 9.3273 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 and arrive to us.

20 minutes and 9.3273 seconds

The following chart shows the distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 from Earth as a function of time. In the chart the distance data is measured in Astronomical Units and sampled with an interval of 1 day.

Distance of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 from Earth between January 2013 and December 2100

The value of the reported distance might be somewhat inaccurate around the times of closest approach for objects passing extremely close to Earth.

Closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 to Earth

During the next 10 years, the closest approach of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 to Earth happens on Wed Nov 23 2022 at a distance of 0.007619 Astronomical Units, or 1,139,790 kilometers:

Wed Nov 23 2022

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is 26.24.


The following chart is the predicted light curve (visual magnitude as a function of time) of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3, according to the most recent ephemerides data. Magnitude data is sampled with a 2 days interval and there might be inaccuracies for objects changing brightness very rapidly during the course of a few days. For comets there could be large discrepancies between the observed and predicted brightness because of their highly dynamic behaviour.

Predicted magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 between January 2013 and December 2100

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 rise and set times

Location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]
Latitude: 51° 28’ 47” N
Longitude: 0° 00’ 00” E
Timezone: Europe/London

Today's Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 rise, transit and set times from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change] are the following (all times relative to the local timezone Europe/London):

Azimuth: 90.8°
Max altitude: 37.7°
Azimuth: 269.1°

The rise and set times are defined as the time at which the upper limb of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 touches the horizon, considering the effect of the atmospheric refraction. As the atmospheric conditions cannot be modeled precisely the times reported here should be considered correct with an approximation of few minutes.

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 Orbital Elements

The following table lists the orbital elements of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 at epoch 20 January 2022 00:00 UTC (JD: 2459600.5). Source: JPL Small-Body Database

Element Symbol Value
Orbit eccentricity e 0.46211084
Orbit inclination i 6.04787153°
Perihelion distance q 0.76981253 AU
115,162,316 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.09253381 AU
313,038,603 km
Semi-major axis a 1.43117317 AU
214,100,459 km
Orbital period period 1.7122 years
625.3695 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Oct-05 06:59:28
2,459,857.7913 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 288.22710611204°
Longitude of the ascending node node 59.608681090039°
Mean anomaly M 211.88777829559°
Mean motion n 0.57565966°/day

Visualization of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 Orbit

This 3d orbit diagram is a feature of our 3D Solar System Simulator and shows the orbit of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 with respect of the Sun and the orbits of the major planets. The position of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 and the planets along their orbits in this diagram accurately represents the current configuration of the objects in the Solar System. This is an experimental feature and it requires a WebGL enabled browser. Please provide us feedback!

Orbit Diagram of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3
View Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 in the 3D Solar System Simulator

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 15 Days Ephemeris

The following table lists the ephemerides of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 computed for the past and next 7 days, with a 24 hours interval. Click on each row of the table to locate Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 in our Online Planetarium at the chosen date.

Date Right AscensionR.A. DeclinationDec. MagnitudeMag Constellation
2021 Nov 27 12h 46m 24s +00° 12’ 35” 26.28 Virgo
2021 Nov 28 12h 47m 57s +00° 03’ 42” 26.28 Virgo
2021 Nov 29 12h 49m 29s -00° 05’ 08” 26.27 Virgo
2021 Nov 30 12h 51m 02s -00° 13’ 54” 26.27 Virgo
2021 Dec 01 12h 52m 32s -00° 22’ 39” 26.26 Virgo
2021 Dec 02 12h 54m 05s -00° 31’ 18” 26.26 Virgo
2021 Dec 03 12h 55m 36s -00° 39’ 55” 26.25 Virgo
2021 Dec 04 12h 57m 06s -00° 48’ 28” 26.25 Virgo
2021 Dec 05 12h 58m 36s -00° 56’ 56” 26.24 Virgo
2021 Dec 06 13h 00m 06s -01° 05’ 21” 26.23 Virgo
2021 Dec 07 13h 01m 36s -01° 13’ 41” 26.23 Virgo
2021 Dec 08 13h 03m 06s -01° 21’ 57” 26.22 Virgo
2021 Dec 09 13h 04m 36s -01° 30’ 10” 26.22 Virgo
2021 Dec 10 13h 06m 05s -01° 38’ 18” 26.21 Virgo