NEAT October 2002 Interesting Objects

In October we discovered 14 NEAs with NEAT: 9 Amors-including 2 > 1km, and 5 Apollos-including 1> 1 km and 2 PHAs. The periodic Comet P/2002 T4 (NEAT) is now linked with Comet 54P/DE Vico-Swift, last seen in 1965. We shared the discovery of Comet P/2002 T6 (NEAT-LINEAR). We also discovered one very large Trans-Neptunian Object (the 4th largest known) and two high-inclination Mars-approaching asteroids.



Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2002 TY57 SUOZAR MSSS 2 Oct 0.2 20 0.5 (0.3) orbit Amor
2002 TN65 SV8W73C Palomar 4 Oct 0.7 20 - - Not NEA
2002 TD58 SV8WT0B Palomar 4 Oct 3.1 19 0.1 (0.06) orbit Amor
2002 TE58 SV8YYVC Palomar 4 Oct 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
Comet P/2002 T6 (NEAT-LINEAR) SVDKP7A Palomar 4 Oct 0.1 20 - orbit Periodic comet- IAUC 8002 -with perihelion inside of Jupiter and aphelion outside of Jupiter.
2002 TE60 SVPVENA Palomar 5 Oct 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
2002 TG66 SW34MOB Palomar 6 Oct 2.0 20 0.1 (0.06) orbit Apollo
2002 TR67 SWFVLLB Palomar 7 Oct 1.0 19 0.1 (0.06) orbit Amor
2002 TS67 SWGC2JC Palomar 7 Oct 0.4 18 0.5 (0.3) orbit Amor
2002 TT67 SWHPAD MSSS 7 Oct 0.1 21 - - Not NEA
2002 TU68 SWR850A Palomar 8 Oct 0.6 20 - - Not NEA
2002 TX68 SWS5NWC Palomar 8 Oct 0.4 18 1.0 (0.6) orbit Amor-large
2002 TV68 SX1ANCA Palomar 9 Oct 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
2002 TY68 SX2SCHA Palomar 9 Oct 0.6 20 0.9 (0.5) orbit Amor
2002 TQ69 SX5FR3A Palomar 9 Oct 0.3 19 0.3 (0.2) orbit Not NEA by 0.006 AU
2002 TB70 SXFSGMA Palomar 10 Oct 1.1 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Apollo-PHA
2002 TQ96 SXSQE8A Palomar 11 Oct 0.5 18 - - Not NEA
Comet P/2002 T4 (NEAT) SXSQEOC Palomar 11 Oct 0.2 19 - orbit Periodic comet- IAUC 7991 -with perihelion between Mars and Jupiter. See IAUC 7992 for the link with Comet 54P/DE Vico-Swift
2002 TS190 SYJ9ARB Palomar 13 Oct 0.8 20 1.0 (0.6) orbit Mars-approaching asteroid with high inclination
2002 TP190 SYJBFGA Palomar 13 Oct 0.8 19 - - Not NEA
2002 TQ190 SZ8QRZB Palomar 15 Oct 0.05 19 - - Not NEA
2002 TX300 SZ90RFB Palomar 15 Oct 0.02 19 900 (540) orbit Trans-Neptunian object-4th largest known ("Quaoar" is the largest)
2002 TO301 SZB7SRC Palomar 15 Oct 0.8 20 Probable Apollo but insufficient follow-up
2002 TY300 SZBXGZC Palomar 15 Oct 0.3 20 - - Noty NEA
2002 UB SZM53UB Palomar 16 Oct 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
2002 UA SZPBE7B Palomar 16 Oct 0.5 19 - - Not NEA
2002 TE60 SZPDKKC Palomar 16 Oct 0.6 20 - - Not NEA
2002 UN T1QFS0B Palomar 22 Oct 0.8 17 2.0 (1.2) orbit Amor-large
2002 UO T1UHVJB Palomar 22 Oct 1.6 18 0.5 (0.3) orbit Apollo
- T2SNB1C Palomar 25 Oct 1.3 19 - - Not confirmed
- T3A93Q MSSS 26 Oct 0.6 18 - - Not confirmed
2002 UN3 T3WWM8A Palomar 28 Oct 0.4 20 0.9 (0.5) orbit Amor
2002 UK11 T4CFL9A Palomar 29 Oct 0.9 20 0.2 (0.1) orbit Apollo-PHA
2002 UL11 T4CH7EC Palomar 29 Oct 0.6 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor
2002 UR3 T4DRGAA Palomar 29 Oct 0.8 18 2 (1.2) orbit Apollo-large, with high inclination and a high eccentricity orbit that crosses Mars, Earth, Venus, and Mercury
2002 UR12 T4RMVE MSSS 30 Oct 0.7 20 2.0 (1.2) orbit Mars-approaching asteroid with high inclination

*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.