|Sunday||23 November 2003||11:15pm MST||2003-11-24 UTC 0615|
New-found: MPEC 2002-W43 today announces 2003 WH26, which travels an eccentric (e=0.5386) orbit that approaches both Mars and Jupiter. It is estimated at roughly 1.25 km. (0.774 mile) wide and was discovered Friday morning by LINEAR during the same 20-21 November period in which LINEAR also discovered three NEOs of kilometer size (report).
Aurora: SpaceWeather.com has a gallery of November aurora images which includes on page 4 an image from Albuquerque, New Mexico the night of November 20th, when a meteor and its trail were also widely seen (see A/CC report). Page 5 has an image from northern California from the same night, where there was also a widely observed event that may have involved a meteor (report). There are more images in that gallery from all over the world of aurora that night, and Sormano Observatory in Italy has a posting on its own gallery page.
Today's Daily Orbit Update MPEC (DOU) reports observations of 2003 WG from the night before from Consell Observatory in Spain, from last night by KLENOT in the Czech Republic, and early today from the Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona. Today both risk monitors very slightly raised their overall risk ratings for this object.
Late update: At the end of the day UT, MPEC 2003-W44 announced 2003 WW26, which JPL has since posted to its Current Impact Risks page. The MPEC puts absolute magnitude at 22.3 and JPL at 22.1, so roughly 120-130 meters/yards wide but not "potentially hazardous." LINEAR discovered WW26 Friday morning and four other observatories picked it up this morning and tonight.
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