|Thursday||19 August 2004||2:32pm MDT||2004-08-19 UTC 2032|
The Thursday Daily Orbit Update MPEC shows that 2004 QQ has been found in the Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) archive from 14 January 2002. This mile-size object was briefly listed with impact solutions yesterday after its discovery was announced.
Bits & pieces: Rent-A-Scope has posted an article by Robert Hutsebaut telling about the path that led to his becoming a regular participant in confirming near-Earth asteroid discoveries even though he lives under the light-polluted skies of Brussels, Belgium and doesn't have an observing facility of his own.
New Scientist reports a theory by Chandra Wickramasinghe and colleagues that 2003 VB12 (aka Sedna) does have a moon but it has escaped observation by being even darker than comet nuclei, thus maybe indicating an unknown population of dark solar system objects. The Hubble Space Telescope will try looking again soon.
An ESA news release today tells how the Rosetta comet lander's Ptolemy instrument is designed to smell the comet for different substances, analysing samples that have been cooked in a set of miniature ovens. See also 18 June news.