Near Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT)

The Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking (NEAT) project began as a collaborative effort with the United States Air Force (USAF) in December 1995. It concentrated on the discovery and observations of near-Earth asteroids and comets, collectively called near-Earth objects (NEOs). NEAT ended its observations in April 2007. Throughout its history, NEAT utilized three 1m class telescopes - two on the Hawaiian island of Maui (GEODSS and MSSS) and the 1.2m Oschin Schmidt telescope at Palomar Observatory near San Diego, CA. Three unique cameras were developed and used throughout the program. These data are intended to be usable for photometric analysis of the various objects within the NEAT data. Most nights included calibration data, and lists of photometric standard calibration fields.

This dataset contains the NEAT observations, associated darks, flats, log files and a list of Landolt standards.

To search the available NEAT data for images containing a specified target, use the Comet Asteroid Telescopic Catalog Hub (CATCH) Tool.

Note: The individual images in the NEAT archive have been compressed to facilitate download. To recover the full archived data files, use the command

$ funpack -C [filename]
where [filename] is the name of the file.

In order to run funpack, you will need the FITSIO package, which is available at

PDS4 version:
Release Date: 2020-08-05

Bundle Browse Readme
urn:nasa:pds:gbo.ast.neat.survey::1.0 Browse All Readme

The PDS4 bundle was migrated from the full PDS3 data set in August 2020. The data content is unchanged.

PDS3 version:

Volume planned delivery date Browse Readme Comment
Volume 1 - Maui GEODSS Available now Browse vol. 1 Readme
Volume 2 - Palomar Tri-Cam part 1 Available now Browse vol. 2 Readme
Volume 3 - Palomar Tri-Cam part 2 Available now Browse vol. 3 Readme
Volume 4 - Palomar Tri-Cam part 3 UNK future project
Maui MSSS UNK future project
Palomar QUEST UNK future project

Use the following citation to reference this data set:

Bauer, J. M. and Lawrence, K. J., Eds. (2020). Near Earth Asteroid Tracking V1.0. urn:nasa:pds:gbo.ast.neat.survey::1.0. NASA Planetary Data System;