Contents  on 17 May '07

WELCOME to A/CC's prototype daily news publication designed to be the viewing end of a planned autonomous 24-hour news service. The new tools and this publication format are working well enough now to share with readers. It is expected that this approach will require less time to maintain than our previous news and small asteroid pages, which were retired on May 14th. There's still more development ahead and there probably will be some glitches along the way, but this is what's needed to keep up with the increasing pace of minor-object news. The CRT page will be maintained separately for a little while longer, until all of this is working smoothly. And the CRT and small-asteroid ephemerides will be kept going.

Minor-Object News  on 17 May '07

Minor-Object Science  on 17 May '07

No science papers were available or prepared today.

NEOCP Activity  on 17 May '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 5 listings: 2 new, 3 updated

When last checked at 2351 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had two new and three updated listings. Of these, two were "one nighters." Major News counted a total of eight objects listed on the NEOCP at some point on this day.

New MPECs  on 17 May '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

There were five MPECs issued this day from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MPEC 2007-K06 - "22:44 UT" - 2007 KE

MPEC 2007-K05 - "16:38 UT" - 2007 KD

MPEC 2007-K04 - "16:20 UT" - 2006 HJ123

MPEC 2007-K03 - "16:05 UT" - 2006 HQ122

<< DOU on 17 May '07 >>  MPEC 2007-K02 - "06:08 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 17 May '07

Eighteen observing facilities appeared in this day's MPECs.

B03Alter Satzberg Obs. in Austria, 2 in MPECs 2007-K05 & 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE, 2007 KD
703Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 8 in MPECs 2007-K02 & 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE, 2007 HX82, 2007 FV42, 2007 FK1, 2006 GB, 152575, 138883, 8566
850Cordell-Lorenz Obs. in Tennessee, 1 in MPEC 2007-K05 -- 2007 KD
734Farpoint Obs. in Kansas, 3 in MPEC 2007-K02 -- 2007 JZ20, 2007 JF16, 2007 JB21
595Farra d'Isonzo Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPECs 2007-K05 & 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE, 2007 KD
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE
695Kitt Peak Natl. Obs. in Arizona, 2 in MPECs 2007-K03 & 2007-K04 -- 2006 HJ123, 2006 HQ122
699LONEOS in Arizona, 3 in MPECs 2007-K02 & 2007-K05 -- 2007 KD, 152895, 8037
474Mt. John Obs. in New Zealand, 1 in MPEC 2007-K05 -- 2007 KD
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona, 6 in MPECs 2007-K02, 2007-K05 & 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE, 2007 KD, 2007 HZ, 2005 LR3, 2005 GN59, 1979 QB
A24New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 6 in MPEC 2007-K02 -- 2007 FV42, 2007 FK1, 154453, 145656, 86829, 40267
A32Panker Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2007-K02 -- 86829
473Remanzacco Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE
854Sabino Canyon Obs. in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE
E12Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 6 in MPECs 2007-K02 & 2007-K05 -- 2007 KD, 2005 SA71, 2003 FH1, 11066, 8037, 5011
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 5 in MPEC 2007-K02 -- 2007 JW9, 2007 JY2, 2007 HG44, 2007 HF44, 2006 XF2
6735Jim Young via Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 4 in MPECs 2007-K02, 2007-K05 & 2007-K06 -- 2007 KE, 2007 KD, 2007 JJ35, 2007 JW2
F85Tiki Obs. in Tahiti, 1 in MPEC 2007-K02 -- 2004 VT60

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 17 May '07

Summary Risk Table for Risk Assessments Updated Today   (last checks: NEODyS at 2351 and JPL at 2352 UTC)
Note that the time horizon for JPL is 100 years from today and for NEODyS is usually the year 2080.
For the latest official risk assessments, see the JPL NEO Program Sentry and NEODyS CLOMON (backup) risk pages.





Notes for Today's Latest Risk Assessments
2007 JZ20NEODyS17032035-2080221.25e-07-3.14-3.560NEODyS: "Based on 52 optical observations (of which 1 are rejected as outliers) from 2007/05/11.287 to 2007/05/16.274."
JPL14262035-2103263.5e-07-2.73-3.240JPL: "Analysis based on 52 observations spanning 4.9868 days (2007-May-11.28648 to 2007-May-16.27329)." Diameter approximately 0.840 km. from mean, weighted H=18.0.
2007 JF16NEODyS14262021-204061.78e-10-5.10-5.440NEODyS: "Based on 17 optical observations (of which 0 are rejected as outliers) from 2007/05/10.368 to 2007/05/16.191."
JPL1426R E M O V E DJPL: Risk listing removed at 0936 UTC.

Legend: VI# = VI count, Prob Cum = cumulative probability, PS Cum/Max = cumulative/maximum Palermo Scale, TS = Torino Scale

For a list of all risk-rated objects recently in view, see our ephemerides page.

An impact solution, also known as a "virtual impactor" (VI), is not a prediction but rather a possibility derived from an orbit calculation that cannot be eliminated yet based on the existing data. Elimination can come quickly with just a little further observation or may take weeks or months, sometimes years. Once superceded or eliminated, a former impact solution has zero relevance to an object's risk. See Jon Giorgini's "Understanding Risk Pages" for more about all this.

Chronology  on 17 May '07

Times are UTC for when the items were noted by Major News.

2312Grabbed MPEC 2007-K06 - 2007 KE - see above
1947Added news report, "Distant EKOs"
1937Added link to news story, "NASA Hubble Space Telescope Daily Report #4364"
1933Added link to news item, "Planet Pluto Expo"
1931Added link to news story, "Pluto named by 11-year-old"
Added link to news story, "Streator band records song about planet"
1930Added link to news story, "'A humble man' -- Streator family recalls visit to Tombaugh's home"
1928Added link to news story, "Clyde Tombaugh: a famous son of two towns"
1927Added link to news story, "Tombaugh's daughter reflects on father's influence"
1926Added link to news story, "St. Anthony teacher, alum recalls 1998 campaign to save Pluto"
1925Added link to news story, "Area residents reflect on connection to Tombaugh"
1924Added link to news story, "Streator Education, music and more on tap for Planet Pluto Expo"
1923Added link to news story, "P2E speaker rejects IAU's ruling on Pluto"
1921Added link to news story, "NASA leader to be featured at Pluto expo"
1919Added link to news story, "20 facts about Pluto"
1918Added link to news story, "P2E: How it all began"
1703Noted that NEODyS has updated its 2007 JZ20 risk assessment - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-K03 - 2006 HQ122 - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-K04 - 2006 HJ123 - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-K05 - 2007 KD - see above
1426Noted that JPL has removed 2007 JF16 as an impact risk - see above
Noted that NEODyS has updated its 2007 JF16 risk assessment - see above
Noted that JPL has updated its 2007 JZ20 risk assessment - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-K02 - Daily Orbit Update - see above