Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking

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Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking
AbbreviationNEAT
PredecessorPalomar Planet-Crossing Asteroid Survey
SuccessorNear Earth Object Program
FormationDecember 1995 (1995-12)
Founded atHaleakalā Observatory, Maui, Hawaii
DissolvedApril 2007 (2007-04)
TypeSpace observation program
Legal statusDisbanded
PurposeTo search for and map out near-earth asteroids
Principal Investigator
Raymond Bambery
Co-Investigator and Project Manager
Steven H. Pravdo
Co-Investigators
David L. Rabinowitz, Ken Lawrence and Michael Hicks
Main organ
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Parent organization
Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Websiteneat.jpl.nasa.gov

Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) was a program run by NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. They surveyed the sky for near-Earth objects. NEAT was a program from December 1995 until April 2007. It was at GEODSS on Hawaii (Haleakala-NEAT; 566) and at the Palomar Observatory in California (Palomar-NEAT; 644). It discovered more than 40 thousand minor planets. NEAT has been one of the best programs in tracking minor planets.[1][2][3]

NEAT was the successor to the Palomar Planet-Crossing Asteroid Survey (PCAS).

Minor planets discovered: 40,975 [3]
see List of minor planets § Main index
Number of NEOs detected by various projects:
  LINEAR
  NEAT
  Spacewatch
  LONEOS
  CSS
  Pan-STARRS
  NEOWISE
  All others

References[change | change source]

  1. "Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT)". Near Earth Object Program. NASA/JPL. Archived from the original on 14 January 2004. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  2. Bauer, J. M.; Lawrence, K. J.; Buratti, B. J.; Bambery, R. J.; Lowry, S. C.; Meech, K. J.; et al. (December 2007). "Photometry of Small Outer Solar System Bodies with the NEAT Database" (PDF). Asteroids. 1405: 8086. Bibcode:2008LPICo1405.8086B. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Minor Planet Discoverers (by number)". Minor Planet Center. 12 January 2017. Retrieved 2 February 2017.

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