NEAT January 2003 Interesting Objects

In January we have discovered 6 NEAs with NEAT: 4 Apollos including 1 PHA, and 2 Amors including 1 > 1 km. We also discovered one unusual object with orbit between Mars and Saturn. We also detected the Apollo 12 rocket third stage launched in 1969, now called J002E3.



Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2003 AK73 TVAA09B Palomar 11 Jan 0.7 19 0.5 (0.3) orbit Apollo
2003 AO84 TWFFFR MSSS 14 Jan 0.3 20 - - Not NEA
2003 BO1 TWEV1GB Palomar 14 Jan 0.5 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor-rediscovered 25 Jan as U0EBYOB
2003 BH TXWVHZ MSSS 18 Jan 3.3 18 0.2 (0.1) orbit Apollo-PHA
2003 BM1 U00139B Palomar 24 Jan 0.2 20 1.0 (0.6) orbit Unusual object with orbit between Mars and Saturn
J002E3 U13SKU MSSS 27 Jan 0.5 17 - - Apollo 12 rocket stage
- U14VOR MSSS 27 Jan 0.6 20 - - Lost or not real
2003 BS35 U15BP2 MSSS 27 Jan 5.2 20 0.035 (0.02) orbit Apollo
2003 BC21 U15OYK MSSS 27 Jan 0.2 21 2.0 (1.2) orbit Amor-large
2003 BA43 U16FGQ MSSS 27 Jan 0.4 21 - - Not NEA
2003 BX33 U1IRCY MSSS 28 Jan 1.0 21 0.3 (0.2) orbit Apollo
2003 BC43 U1UU6YA Palomar 29 Jan 0.3 20 1.5 (0.9) orbit Mars-crossing asteroid, originally believed to be an Apollo

*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.