NEAT February 2002 Interesting Objects

In February we discovered 9 NEAs with NEAT: 2 Apollos including 1 PHA and 7 Amors with 3>1km. Also discovered was a large 200 km (120 miles) minor planet that crosses the orbit of Uranus.

Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2002 CM1 QDQ610 MSSS 3 Feb 0.6 21 2.0 (1.2) orbit Amor-Large with high inclination
2002 CP4 QE1ONL MSSS 4 Feb 1.2 20 0.2 (0.1) orbit Amor
2002 CR46 QECDVSC Palomar 5 Feb 0.04 20 200 (120) orbit Centaur with a Uranus-crossing orbit
2002 CZ9 QEOJECB Palomar 6 Feb 1.1 19 0.2 (0.1) orbit Apollo-PHA
2002 CA10 QEQ2EDB Palomar 6 Feb 0.7 20 0.7 (0.4) orbit Apollo
2002 CZ25 QFFYQEB Palomar 8 Feb 1.2 19 - - Not NEA-Mars approacher
2002 CO15 QFHO53B Palomar 8 Feb 0.5 20 - - Not NEA
2002 CT46 QGIYEFC Palomar 11 Feb 1.9 18 0.7 (0.4) orbit Amor
2002 CZ46 QGLT39 MSSS 11 Feb 0.4 20 1.0 (0.6) orbit Amor-Large
2002 CZ58 QGWZ15C Palomar 12 Feb 0.7 19 0.8 (0.5) orbit Amor
2002 CB116 QHNWME MSSS 14 Feb 0.6 19 - - Not NEA
- QK26DDA Palomar 21 Feb 0.5 20 - - Not real or lost
2002 DP3 QK6W18B Palomar 21 Feb 0.3 19 2.7 (1.7) orbit Amor-Large
2002 DQ3 QKIVJVB Palomar 22 Feb 2.5 18 0.07 (0.04) orbit Amor
2002 DD4 QKJPXCA Palomar 22 Feb 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
- QL91TAC Palomar 24 Feb 3.9 18 - - Lost in New Moon

*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.