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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 Libra. The current Right Ascension of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is 15h 06m 19s and the Declination is -26° 34’ 54” (topocentric coordinates computed for the selected location: Greenwich, United Kingdom [change]). The current magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is 23.23 (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]:

15h 06m 19s
-26° 34’ 54”
  • 2005 LW3 is above the horizon from Greenwich, United Kingdom [change].
  • It is visible looking in the South-West direction at an altitude of 4° above the horizon.
  • Given its current magnitude, 2005 LW3 is visible only through long exposure photography.
  • See also 2005 LW3 rise and set times.
  • Go to interactive sky chart

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Additional information about Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 available on TheSkyLive:

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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 Libra on September, 24 2022
Field of view: 50x30 degrees
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Map showing Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 in Libra on September, 24 2022
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 81,072,144 kilometers, equivalent to 0.541934 Astronomical Units. Light takes 4 minutes and 30.4276 seconds to travel from Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 and arrive to us.

4 minutes and 30.4276 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 0.007621 Astronomical Units, or 1,140,089 kilometers:

Wed Nov 23 2022

Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 brightness

The current visual magnitude of Asteroid (NEO) 2005 LW3 is 23.23.


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: 116.5°
Max altitude: 12.0°
Azimuth: 243.4°

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 0.46211036
Orbit inclination i 6.04783991°
Perihelion distance q 0.76981322 AU
115,162,418 km
Aphelion distance Q 2.09253311 AU
313,038,498 km
Semi-major axis a 1.43117316 AU
214,100,458 km
Orbital period period 1.7122 years
625.3695 days
Date of perihelion transit Tp 2022-Oct-05 06:59:24
2,459,857.7913 JD
Argument of perihelion peri 288.22706896905°
Longitude of the ascending node node 59.608628928429°
Mean anomaly M 211.88780007787°
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
2022 Sep 17 14h 47m 29s -24° 14’ 57” 23.23 Libra
2022 Sep 18 14h 49m 55s -24° 33’ 24” 23.23 Libra
2022 Sep 19 14h 52m 23s -24° 51’ 45” 23.23 Libra
2022 Sep 20 14h 54m 48s -25° 09’ 59” 23.23 Hydra
2022 Sep 21 14h 57m 15s -25° 28’ 05” 23.22 Hydra
2022 Sep 22 14h 59m 41s -25° 46’ 05” 23.23 Hydra
2022 Sep 23 15h 02m 07s -26° 03’ 59” 23.23 Hydra
2022 Sep 24 15h 04m 32s -26° 21’ 42” 23.23 Libra
2022 Sep 25 15h 06m 57s -26° 39’ 19” 23.23 Libra
2022 Sep 26 15h 09m 21s -26° 56’ 44” 23.24 Libra
2022 Sep 27 15h 11m 44s -27° 14’ 00” 23.24 Libra
2022 Sep 28 15h 14m 08s -27° 31’ 06” 23.25 Libra
2022 Sep 29 15h 16m 28s -27° 48’ 02” 23.26 Libra
2022 Sep 30 15h 18m 50s -28° 04’ 46” 23.27 Libra