NEAT February 2003 Interesting Objects

In February we discovered 10 NEAs with NEAT: an Aten, 3 Amors including 1 > 1km, and 6 Apollos including 2 PHAs.



Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2003 CA4 U40F5J MSSS 4 Feb 3.0 18 0.09 (0.05) orbit Aten
2003 CL18 U529MQB Palomar 7 Feb 1.0 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Apollo
2003 CN17 U5HHTH MSSS 8 Feb 1.8 21 0.7 (0.4) orbit Apollo-high inclination
- U5R1L2 MSSS 9 Feb 0.3 20 Not real or lost
- U5T5V5 MSSS 9 Feb 2.9 19 - - Not real or lost
2003 CY18 U5TL47 MSSS 9 Feb 0.3 21 0.9 (0.5) orbit Apollo
2003 CR20 U6IWBN MSSS 11 Feb 0.6 20 0.7 (0.4) orbit Apollo-PHA with high eccentricity that crosses the orbits of Mars, Earth, and Venus
2003 DM4 UAH2H8A Palomar 22 Feb 0.4 20 - - Not NEA
- UAIGL7A Palomar 22 Feb 0.04 20 - - Not real or lost
2003 DE6 UAQPBRA Palomar 23 Feb 0.9 19 0.7 (0.4) orbit Amor
2003 DF6 UASU67A Palomar 23 Feb 2.5 18 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor
- UATTMN MSSS 23 Feb 0.2 21 - - Not real or lost
2003 DP13 UCCA53 MSSS 27 Feb 0.3 19 1.5 (0.9) orbit Amor-Large
2003 DY15 UCOA0N MSSS 28 Feb 1.6 20 0.03 (0.02) orbit Apollo
2003 DZ15 UCOE59 MSSS 28 Feb 1.1 20 0.2 (0.1) orbit Apollo--PHA

*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 ~0.2 km (0.1 mile) and approach close enough to present a potential hazard but not a current hazard.