NEAT December 2001 Interesting Objects

We discovered 6 NEAs with NEAT-4 Apollos including 3 PHAs, and 2 Amor including one larger than 1 km.

Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2001 XD PQY7UYA Palomar 2 Dec 1.3 19 0.95 (0.6) orbit Apollo-high eccentricity
2001 XU PSTBZ7C Palomar 8 Dec 1.9 19 0.7 (0.4) orbit Apollo-high eccentricity PHA that crosses the orbits of Jupiter, Mars, Earth, and Venus
2001 VB99 PTLRHF MSSS 9 Dec 0.4 20 - - Not NEA
2001 YP2 PWRND9B Palomar 18 Dec 1.1 19 0.9 (0.5) orbit Amor
2001 YS3 PXFCPVA Palomar 20 Dec 0.8 19 - - Not NEA
2001 YV3 PY7SW9 MSSS 22 Dec 2.7 19 0.3 (0.2) orbit Apollo-PHA
2001 YJ4 PY91YY MSSS 22 Dec 0.6 19 3.0 (2.0) orbit Amor-large
2001 YB5 PZNMWG MSSS 26 Dec 0.2 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Apollo-high eccentricity PHA that crosses the orbits of Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury (also PZY5GMB)

*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 ~200 m (0.1 mile) and approach close enough to present a potential hazard but not a current hazard.