List of Mars-crossing minor planets: Wikis

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A Mars-crosser is an asteroid whose orbit crosses that of Mars. The known numbered Mars-crossers are listed here. They include the two numbered Martian Trojans: 5261 Eureka and (26677) 2001 EJ18.

Many databases, for instance the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's online Small-object Database Browser, only list asteroids with a perihelion greater than 1.3 AU as Mars-crossers. An asteroid with a perihelion less than this is classed as a Near Earth Object instead, even though it is crossing the orbit of Mars as well as crossing (or coming near to) that of Earth. Nevertheless, these objects are listed on this page. A grazer is an object with a perihelion below the aphelion of Mars (1.67 AU) but above the Martian perihelion (1.58 AU).[1]

Inner-grazer: middle, top;
Outer-grazer: middle, bottom;
Crosser: right, bottom;
Co-orbital: right, top

Contents

Co-orbital

  • 5261 Eureka—the only named Mars Trojan
  • (26677) 2001 EJ18 —co-orbital with Mars

Inner grazers

  • 1951 Lick
  • 4947 Ninkasi
  • (10302) 1989 ML
  • 15817 Lucianotesi
  • (21374) 1997 WS22
  • (39774) 1997 GO27
  • (52381) 1993 HA
  • (52387) 1993 OM7
  • (54071) 2000 GQ146
  • (67367) 2000 LY27
  • (68031) 2000 YK29
  • (68278) 2001 FC7
  • (85184) 1991 JG1
  • (85236) 1993 KH
  • (85989) 1999 JD6
  • (87024) 2000 JS66
  • (87684) 2000 SY2
  • (88213) 2001 AF2
  • (90367) 2003 LC5
  • (90403) 2003 YE45

Inner grazers that are also Earth-crossers or grazers

Mars-crossers that are also Earth-crossers or grazers

These objects are not catalogued as Mars-crossers in databases such as the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's online Small-body Database Browser. Instead, they are categorized as Near Earth Objects (NEOs).

Outer grazers

Mars-crossers

Notes

  1. ^ "Mars crosser", Encyclopædia Britannica, (2009), retrieved online May 3 2009.
  2. ^ 6386 Keithnoll at the JPL Small-Body Database Browser

See also

External links

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