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2004 KG1 (left) details: 2004 May 21 2311-2324 UT. Mag +17.0 33x8 sec exposures (total exposure 4m24s). Motion 23"/min in p.a. 288°.
2004 JV20 (right) details: Confirmation imagery from 2004 May 15 2220-2234 UT. Mag +18.6. 40x6 sec exposures (total exposure 4m00s). Motion 28"/min in p.a. 223°.
Both: Binned 2x2 and enlarged x2. Original field 10'x10', N up. 0.30m f/6.3 Schmidt-Cassegrain + CCD. J95.
|Small objects – panel 1/2||Major News for 6 June 2004|
This past week, which had a full Moon at mid-week, saw just two near-Earth discoveries announced, an asteroid Monday and a comet Thursday. Although no "small" asteroids were announced, four were tracked by six observatories, and observation of one other was reported from mid-May.
2004 KF17 flew past Earth at 1.8 lunar distances on May 31st at 2110 UTC. No other known small asteroid flybys occurred during the week, and none are predicted for the month of June.
|News briefs – panel 1/1||Major News for 6 June 2004|
Washington fireball: The Dutch Meteor Society (DMS) has posted a 1.57Mb MP4 digital conversion of Ed Majden's all-sky camera VHS tape showing the spectacular Thursday morning fireball over western Washington state. (MP4 files can be viewed with free programs such as Quicktime 6+ and VLC.)
The video was shot looking into a dome mirror, with north to the right and east down. University of Washington seismologists report one large detonation high over Snohomish, which is about 160 miles (260 km.) southeast of Majden's observatory in Courtenay on Vancouver Island. His was the only all-sky camera in the region that was in service that morning.
New EKBO mission: SpaceRef.com posted yesterday an invitation to a workshop June 21st at the Forum on Outer Planetary Exploration in Pasadena to "provide ideas to maximize the science return from a close Uranus system fly-by using a New Horizons instruments payload." Emphasis added:
A New Horizons II mission is under study by the New Horizons 1 science team. It would launch on a JGA to explore multiple KBOs including a large analog to Pluto. If launched in 2008 or 2009 it could achieve a Uranus flyby on the way to the Kuiper Belt; the Uranus encounter would be in 2014-2015 (Early northern spring on Uranus; Voyager 2 saw the southern summer solstice). This mission could cost as little as $550M.