NEAT March 2002 Interesting Objects

Thus far in March we discovered 12 NEAs with NEAT: 1 Aten, 4 Amors, and 7 Apollos including 3 PHAs and 1 > 1km in diameter.

Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2002 EC QP5FZ0B Palomar 4 Mar 3.9 18 0.14 (0.08) orbit Amor
2002 EY QPW0IHA Palomar 6 Mar 1.4 18 0.4 (0.24) orbit Apollo
- QPXJLVB Palomar 6 Mar 0.3 19 - - Lost or not real
2002 EH1 QPXPZWB Palomar 6 Mar 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
2002 EZ2 QQXINOC Palomar 9 Mar 0.8 19 0.5 (0.3) orbit Amor-nearly circular orbit
2002 EV8 QS2NBZB Palomar 12 Mar 0.4 21 - - Not NEA
2002 EN7 QS2RMVC Palomar 12 Mar 1.3 21 0.2 (0.1) orbit Apollo
1999 NG25 QS4DCAB Palomar 12 Mar 0.3 20 - - Not NEA, but a Mars-approacher
2001 WE2 QSD6FSB Palomar 13 Mar 0.1 17 - - Not NEA, but a Mars-approacher
2002 CX174 QSHEOXB Palomar 13 Mar 0.5 17 - - Not NEA, but a Mars-approacher
2002 EQ9 QT49JCA Palomar 15 Mar 1.6 15 0.9 (0.5) orbit Apollo
2002 EZ11 QT46KRC Palomar 15 Mar 0.8 20 0.9 (0.5) orbit Apollo-PHA-high eccentricity crossing the orbits of Mars, Earth, Venus, & Mercury, low inclination
2002 EX12 QT48N8B Palomar 15 Mar 0.3 20 1.5 (0.9) orbit Apollo-Large
2002 FE QTKIO2 MSSS 16 Mar 0.3 19 - - Not NEA
2002 FF QTLC8F MSSS 16 Mar 0.1 20 - - Not NEA
2002 FW1 QUIBSNB Palomar 19 Mar 1.1 20 0.07 (0.04) orbit Aten
2002 DM9 QUJ0TWA Palomar 19 Mar 0.2 20 - - Not NEA
2002 FR4 QULYR4C Palomar 19 Mar 0.1 20 - - Not NEA
2002 FP5 QUM49CC Palomar 19 Mar 1.4 21 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor
2002 FZ1 QUMF57A Palomar 19 Mar 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
2002 FQ4 QUOBSU MSSS 19 Mar 1.5 20 0.5 (0.3) orbit Amor
2002 FR5 QUXKCYB Palomar 20 Mar 0.6 21 - - Not NEA
2002 FU5 QUZYKIB Palomar 20 Mar 0.7 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Apollo-PHA
2002 EX8 QVCMS2B Palomar 21 Mar 7.1 17 - - Apollo-not discovered with NEAT-very fast-moving when detected
2002 FG7 QZWQD9 MSSS 28 Mar 1.2 19 0.9 (0.5) orbit Apollo-PHA
2002 FZ6 QYI6KCC Palomar 30 Mar 0.3 20 - - Not NEA

*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.