NEAR-EARTH ASTEROID TRACKING
SCHEDULE: NEAT observations are in progress at MSSS. NEAT observations at Palomar
are scheduled to occur in the pre-new Moon periods. Optimization of the new and improved
QUEST camera at Palomar continues.
NEAT is comprised of two autonomous observing systems at Maui Space Surveillance Site, NEAT/MSSS, and at
Palomar Observatory, NEAT/Palomar. At both sites the NEAT cameras use 1.2-m (48") telescopes to find Near-Earth
objects (NEOs), both Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs) and comets. In April we discovered 5 NEAs: 3 Amors including 1 > 1
km in diameter, and 2 Apollos, both PHAs. We also discovered a 700-km diameter Trans-Neptunian Object (TNO).
LATE BREAKING IMAGES
In May we discovered 1 NEA: an Apollo.
DISCOVERIES THIS MONTH WITH DESIGNATIONS AND CHARACTERIZATION
||Size in km
*Amors, Apollos, and Atens are the three categories of Near-Earth asteroids (NEAs). Amor asteroids approach the Earth's orbit from the
outside, Apollo asteroids cross the Earth's orbit, and Aten asteroids approach the Earth's orbit from the inside. Potentially Hazardous
asteroids (PHAs) are larger than ~0.2 km (0.1 mile) and approach close enough to present a potential hazard but not a current hazard.
DISCOVERIES THIS MONTH PENDING CHARACTERIZATION
|Candidates on NEOCP*
*Follow-up observations are often required! See the Near-Earth Object Confirmation Page (NEOCP) of the Minor Planet Center for
NEAT image format page explains the features in the above image(s).
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