NEAT November 2002 Interesting Objects

In November we discovered 13 NEAs with NEAT: 5 Apollo including 3 PHAs and 2 > 1km and 8 Amors including 2 > 1km. We also discovered Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT), a highly inclined, parabolic comet that comes very close to the Sun at perihelion. R. Haver, A. Pelloni, and G. Forti and DANEOPS (R. Stoss) discovered 2002 UX25, a large Trans-Neptunian Object with NEAT data, and Caltech scientists, Trujillo and Brown, discovered 2002 TC302 a large Scattered Disk Object with the NEAT/Palomar system.



Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2002 VN2 T5T2QT MSSS 02 Nov 0.3 21 - - Not NEA
- T5TFR9 MSSS 02 Nov 0.4 17 - - Lost or not real
2002 TM54 T67E6F MSSS 03 Nov 0.3 19 - - Not NEA
2000 VF39 T67GVX MSSS 03 Nov 0.8 21 - - Not NEA
- T67JVI MSSS 03 Nov 0.2 21 - - Not real
2002 VR14 T6TPNFA Palomar 5 Nov 0.9 20 0.14 (0.08) orbit Apollo
Comet C/2002 V1 (NEAT) T7AM5B MSSS 6 Nov 0.5 17 - orbit Comet- IAUC 8010 -is a highly inclined, parabolic comet which will approach very close to the Sun-within 0.1 AU--in February 2003.
2002 VB92 T9N8VFA Palomar 13 Nov 0.6 19 - - Not NEA
2002 VD92 T9R92VB Palomar 13 Nov 0.3 20 1.5 (0.9) orbit Mars crossing asteroid-large
2002 VU94 T9RGD1A Palomar 13 Nov 0.3 20 4.5 (2.7) orbit Apollo-large PHA
2002 VX99 T9RK8SB Palomar 13 Nov 0.5 20 0.9 (0.5) orbit Amor
- TA0F8XB Palomar 14 Nov 1.2 20 - - Not real or lost
2002 VX94 TA1AJ3C Palomar 14 Nov 0.5 20 0.9 (0.5) orbit Apollo-PHA
2002 VY94 TA1B2LA Palomar 14 Nov 0.3 19 1.5 (0.9) orbit Amor-large
2002 VD118 TA1H4IC Palomar 14 Nov 0.8 19 0.4 (0.24) orbit Amor--posted on NEOCP 25 Nov as TDYA5RA
- TARN2FB Palomar 16 Nov 0.2 20 - - Not real or lost
2002 VO125 TARP4YC Palomar 16 Nov 0.3 20 - - Not NEA
2002 WP TBHFEEB Palomar 18 Nov 1.1 19 0.95 (0.55) orbit Amor
2002 WQ TBK08BB Palomar 18 Nov 1.2 20 0.9 (0.5) orbit Amor with high inclination
2002 WC1 TCWY9IB Palomar 22 Nov 0.4 20 0.5 (0.3) orbit Amor
2002 WZ2 TDE0TEB Palomar 23 Nov 2.8 17 1.5 (0.9) orbit Apollo-large high inclination, high eccentricity asteroid with orbit that crosses Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury
2002 WQ24 TDLBLTA Palomar 24 Nov 0.6 20 0.5 (0.3) orbit Apollo-PHA
2002 VQ69 TDQ5ZIA Palomar 24 Nov 0.7 19 - - Not NEA
- TEUBTM MSSS 27 Nov 0.2 19 - - Not real or lost
2002 WW17 TF76T6 MSSS 28 Nov 0.4 19 1.5 (0.9) orbit Amor-large, first placed on NEOCP as TI2QTN on 5 December 2002
2002 WY12 TFUTOB MSSS 30 Nov 1.4 21 0.7 (0.4) orbit Amor
2002WQ18 TFUUEZ MSSS 30 Nov 0.4 19 - - 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.