NEAT August-September Interesting Objects

2000 QW7 = L10QUN is a new Earth-approaching Amor asteroid discovered with NEAT on 26 August 2000. 2000 QW7 was bright, about V=13, and moving nearly 4 degrees/day when found. A visualization of the 2000 QW7 orbit is shown, but please remember that scientific conclusions can not be drawn from this diagram.

It was followed-up at many observatories worldwide: Klet (J. Ticha, M. Tichy, Z. Moravec, P. Jelinek), Marcello Pistoiese (L. Tesi, A. Boattini, M. Tombelli, G. Forti), Crni Vrh (H. Mikuz), Volkssternwarte Drebach, Schoenbrunn (J. Kandler, F. Boettcher, T. Lehmann, G. Lehmann), Modra (L. Kornos, P. Koleny), Eschenberg Observatory, Winterthur (M. Griesser), Yatsuka (H. Abe), Ondrejov (P. Pravec, P. Kusnirak), Farra d'Isonzo (G. Lombardi, E. Pettarin), Oak Bay, Victoria (C. E. Spratt), National Research Council of Canada (D. D. Balam), Camarillo (J. E. Rogers), Farpoint Observatory (G. Hug), Sunflower Observatory, Olathe (L. Robinson), Drum Hill Station, Chelmsford (R. W. Sinnott), Wykrota Observatory-CEAMIG (C. Jacques, L. Duczmal, J. Duczmal, C. Magno), Marxuquera (J. J. Gomez), and Observatoire de Dax (P. Dupouy).

This asteroid is about 0.5 km (0.3 mile) in diameter and is considered a Potentially Hazardous Asteroid, one of 264 known PHAs. It is not an immediate threat to the Earth. Further observations are being obtained to refine our knowledge of its orbit. The orbital elements are: a,e,i,q = 1.95, 0.47, 4, 1.0352 (G. Williams, MPC).