NEAT October 2003 Interesting Objects

In October we discovered 7 NEAs: 5 Amors and 2 Apollos, including 1 > 1 km. We also discovered a periodic comet.



Designat. NEAT name & Image Disc. with NEAT/ Date Vel. (deg/day) Mag. Size in km (miles) Orbit Visual. Comment*
2003 TX7 2NZR0CQ Palomar 14 Oct 1.3 19 0.5 (0.3) orbit Amor-high inclination
2003 TX9 2OUT3AP Palomar 15 Oct 0.5 19 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor
2003 UL3 2PIW1BR Palomar 16 Oct 0.5 20 1.5 (0.9) orbit Apollo-Large, high eccentricity asteroid that crosses the orbits of Mars, Earth, and Venus
2003 UE 2PK61CE Palomar 16 Oct 0.8 19 0.4 (0.24) orbit Amor-also WS5Q44
Comet P/2003 U3 (NEAT) 2TPQNDI Palomar 22 Oct 0.2 19 - orbit Jupiter-family comet with 12.8-y period-see IAUC 8230
2003 UC22 2TQAEAH Palomar 22 Oct 0.3 20 0.2 (0.1) orbit Amor
2003 UP24 WS4V0Z MSSS 23 Oct 1.0 21 0.3 (0.2) orbit Amor
2003 UG22 WS5PHY MSSS 23 Oct 2.1 19 0.2 (0.1) orbit 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 ~0.2 km (0.1 mile) and approach close enough to present a potential hazard but not a current hazard.

All NEAT Interesting Objects