Unusual Minor PlanetsThe lists of unusual objects accessible from this page include both close-approach and distant objects. Note that the definitions of Aten, Apollo and Amor objects differ between different groups. The definitions used here are that: Atens have semimajor axes less than 1.0 AU; Apollos have perihelion distances less than 1.0 AU and semimajor axes greater than 1.0 AU; and Amors have perihelion distances between 1.0 and 1.3 AU. Centaur objects have perihelia beyond the orbit of Jupiter and semimajor axes inside the orbit of Neptune. Transneptunian objects have orbits with semimajor axes beyond the orbit of Neptune--some of these objects, generally assumed to be in librations with Neptune, have perihelion distances inside the orbit of Neptune.
At the present time, these lists contain entries for the following numbers of objects:
- 12759 close approach
- 1828 distant objects
- 578 other unusual objects
- 948 Atens
- 6327 Apollos
- 5484 Amors
- 456 Centaurs and Scattered-Disk Objects
- 1372 transneptunians
The close-approacher lists are here:
- Atens (by designation or by perihelion distance) (sortable table format)
- Apollos (by designation or by perihelion distance) (sortable table format)
- Amors (by designation or by perihelion distance) (sortable table format)
The distant-object lists are here (ordered by designation):
The Trojan lists are here (ordered by designation):
- Earth (sortable table format)
- Mars (sortable table format)
- Jupiter (sortable table format)
- Neptune (sortable table format)
The 1597 Potentially Hazardous Asteroids (the minor planets with the greatest potential for close approaches to the earth) (sortable table format) include those objects with H brighter than or equal to V = 22.0 and an Earth MOID (see explanation) less than 0.05 AU.
This page was last updated on 2015 July 4.