NEAT March 2003 Interesting Objects

In March we discovered 6 NEAs with NEAT: 3 Amors and 3 Apollos, including 1 PHA. We also discovered 3 comets and 1 Centaur.



Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2003 EF16 UGKYWPC Palomar 8 Mar 0.6 20 - - Not NEA
2003 EH16 UGLP8XC Palomar 8 Mar 1.0 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor
2003 CO1 UGXQ1KA Palomar 9 Mar 0.06 20 70 (40) orbit Large Centaur with orbit between Saturn and Neptune
Comet/C 2003 E1 (NEAT) UGZQOWC Palomar 9 Mar 0.2 20 - orbit Comet- IAUC 8092-with a parabolic orbit and perihelion between Mars and Jupiter
Comet/P 2003 C7 (LINEAR-NEAT) UHAR3GC Palomar 10 Mar 0.2 19 - orbit Comet- IAUC 8092-with a periodic orbit and perihelion between Mars and Jupiter
2003 EC50 UHAUP8C Palomar 10 Mar 1.2 20 0.1 (0.06) orbit Apollo
2003 EE50 UHMMKXA Palomar 11 Mar 0.4 20 - - Not NEA
2003 EM51 UI1TZXB Palomar 12 Mar 0.2 21 - - Not NEA
2003 EE54 UI2GN1B Palomar 12 Mar 0.1 20 - - Not NEA
2003 EW56 UIGGC1 MSSS 13 Mar 0.4 20 - - Not NEA
2003 FH UM0IVCC Palomar 23 Mar 0.9 19 0.7 (0.4) orbit Apollo-PHA
2003 FR2 UMP1G1C Palomar 25 Mar 1.0 19 - - Mars-crossing asteroid that misses being an NEA by 0.013 AU
2003 FS2 UMQT45 MSSS 25 Mar 1.0 18 0.7 (0.4) orbit Amor
2003 FV3 UN3G1DA Palomar 26 Mar 1.3 20 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor
2003 FF5 UND00CA Palomar 27 Mar 0.9 20 0.1 (0.06) orbit Apollo
Comet/P 2003 F2 (NEAT) UND4L0C Palomar 27 Mar 0.2 20 - orbit Comet- IAUC 8104-with a 16.3-year orbit and perihelion between Mars and Jupiter

*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.