|Monday||15 December 2003||11:31pm MST||2003-12-16 UTC 0631|
SIRTF news: NASA headquarters put out a note to editors today, "NASA Announces New Name, New Pictures For Space Telescope":
The first colorful and revealing cosmic images from NASA's Space Infrared Telescope Facility (SIRTF) will be unveiled at a news conference Thursday, Dec. 18 . . . at 1 p.m. EST in NASA's James Webb Auditorium [in Washington, D.C.]. NASA Administrator Sean O'Keefe will also announce a new name for the observatory [and] a panel . . . will discuss the telescope's early observations.
Geminids: The San Jose Mercury News has an article today, "Fireballs in the sky," reporting that "Concerned residents from Bodega Bay to San Francisco Bay" reported bright lights as flares Sunday night, and Coast Guard units were dispatched, but it was only the Geminid meteor shower.
Today NEODyS added two impact solutions for 2003 XM and slightly raised its low risk assessment for this object. JPL removed 2003 WW26 from its Current Risks page and incorporated three days of new data to raise 2003 XM's risk ratings, but with 21 fewer impact solutions than before, and all now within the NEODyS 2080 time horizon.
As A/CC noted, the Saturday MPEC carried revised measurements for the last four positions in the short observational arc of 1994 WR12 [link|alt], and today JPL raised its risk ratings for this small lost object while more than doubling its impact solution count in the years 2054 to 2103. This new assessment was revised later today with similar risk ratings but a somewhat larger count of impact solutions in the years 2054 to 2102.
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