NEAT March-April 2001 Interesting Objects


Comet P/2001 BB50 (LINEAR-NEAT) = N53970 was discovered with NEAT on 20 March 2001. T. B. Spahr, MPC, linked this object first with an object reported as asteroidal by LINEAR on Mar. 18 and then to the LINEAR object 2001 BB50, observed on Jan. 21 and 26. Thus, the comet is also referred to as LINEAR-NEAT. It has a 13.6 year orbital period and approaches no closer than 2.3 AU from the Sun (orbit visualization). Its a,e,i,q = 5.692747, 0.587682, 10.6196, 2.347221 (T. Spahr, MPC).

2001 EA16 = MZBHNW was discovered with NEAT on 4 March 2001 and followed up on 5 March 2001. This object was lost briefly over the full Moon, but was recovered and identified as a 1.5-km Apollo (orbit visualization). Its a,e,i,q = 1.51, 0.43, 39, 0.8635 (G. Williams, MPC).

2001 EC16 = N39H5T was discovered with NEAT on 15 March 2001. This is a relatively bright discovery, V =16 magnitude, and is a 340-m Apollo (orbit visualization). Its a,e,i,q = 1.35, 0.36, 5, 0.8558 (G. Williams, MPC).

2001 FP32 = N50HKK, a small, 100-m (0.06 mile) Apollo Earth-crossing asteroid, that was discovered with NEAT on 20 March moving more than 5 deg/day (orbit visualization). Its a,e,i,q = 1.37, 0.34, 30, 0.9063 (T. Spahr, MPC).

2001 FB90 = N5BCOC. This is a ~270 m (0.04 mile) Potentially Hazardous Asteroid (PHA) Apollo Earth-crosser discovered with NEAT on 21 March (orbit visualization). It is one of 298 known PHAs. Its a,e,i,q = 1.67, 0.60, 2, 0.6622 (T. Spahr, MPC).

2001 FH31 = N5E7XR was discovered with NEAT moving 0.7 deg/day on 21 March.

2001 FY6 = N52YK8 was discovered with NEAT.

2001 FF90 = N769V2, is a large, 2 km (1.2 mile) Apollo Earth-crosser discovered with NEAT on 26 March (orbit visualization). Its a,e,i,q = 2.61, 0.63, 24, 0.9564 (T. Spahr, MPC).

Comet P/2001 F1 (NEAT) = N6GKOW is a new comet discovered with NEAT on 24 March. It orbits the Sun every 15.4 years but stays far out, crossing from just inside to just outside of Jupiter's orbit (orbit visualization). Its a,e,i,q = 6.20131, 0.30736, 19.272, 4.29529 (B. Marsden, MPC).

2001 FR127 = N7LWG0 discovered moving 1.0 deg/day on 27 March is a probable Martian Trojan. Only three other Martian Trojans are known. These are asteroids with orbits very similar to that of Mars located in the Lagrange regions of gravitational stability (orbit visualization). It a,e,i,q = 1.51, 0.11, 28, 1.3447 (T. Spahr, MPC).