Contents on 28 May '07
- Minor-Object News -- two items
- Minor-Object Science -- one paper
- IAU Minor Planet Center
- Impact Risk Monitoring -- nothing to report
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 28 May '07
- "Joe Veverka may lead new mission to comet Tempel 1," Ithaca Journal 28 May - Quote: "If Stardust NExT gets the green light from NASA, the Stardust spacecraft would be redirected to pass within 200 kilometers of comet Tempel 1 in February 2011 -- close enough to provide a first look at the crater caused by the Deep Impact collision."
- "Ex-Astronaut Says NASA Asteroid Report Flawed," Leonard David at NSS Ad Astra/Space.com 27 May
Minor-Object Science on 28 May '07
- "Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation" by Bergin, Edwin A. with Mario Tafalla, abstract & PDF at arXiv.org 28 May - Quote: "Cold dark clouds are nearby members of the densest and coldest phase in the galactic interstellar medium, and represent the most accessible sites where stars like our Sun are currently being born... At small, sub-parsec scales, a population of subsonic starless cores provides a unique glimpse of the conditions prior to stellar birth. Recent studies of starless cores reveal a combination of simple physical properties together with a complex chemical structure dominated by the freeze-out of molecules onto cold dust grains."
NEOCP Activity on 28 May '07
The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 5 listings: 1 new, 4 updated
When last checked at 1758 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one new and four updated listings. Of these, one was a "one nighter."
New MPECs on 28 May '07
Minor Planet Electronic Circulars
There was one MPEC issued this day from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- Observations of small asteroids (H>22.0)
- K07K02W 2007 KW2 (arc=6 days, H=22.5 ~107m) from the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) (May 27.38-40p4)
- Observations of other objects
- K05L08G 2005 LG8 (q=0.303 AU, arc=3 opp, H=16.8 ~1.48 km) from the Mt. Lemmon Survey (MLS) (May 27.21p3)
- K03L03S 2003 LS3 (Q=4.045 AU, arc=2 opp, H=17.8 ~933m) from Astronomical Research Obs. (ARO) (May 22.17-19p3)
- K02K04F 2002 KF4 (i=37.2°, Q=4.571 AU, arc=3 opp, H=17.2 ~1.23 km) from Tradate Obs. (May 24.93-94p2)
- D6818 136818 1997 MW1 from CSS (May 27.41-43p4)
- 68350 68350 2001 MK3 from Jim Young via Table Mtn. Obs. (May 28.18-20p4)
Observers on 28 May '07
Five observing facilities appeared in this day's MPECs.
|H55||Astronomical Research Obs. in Illinois, 1 in MPEC 2007-K60 -- 2003 LS3|
|703||Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 2 in MPEC 2007-K60 -- 2007 KW2, 136818|
|G96||Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-K60 -- 2005 LG8|
|6735||Jim Young via Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2007-K60 -- 68350|
|B39||Tradate Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-K60 -- 2002 KF4|
Chronology on 28 May '07
Times are UTC for when the items were noted by Major News.
|1923||Added link to news story, "Joe Veverka may lead new mission to comet Tempel 1"|
|1454||Added MOS paper, "Cold Dark Clouds: The Initial Conditions for Star Formation" - see above|
Added link to news story, "Ex-Astronaut Says NASA Asteroid Report Flawed"
|1428||Grabbed MPEC 2007-K60 - Daily Orbit Update - see above|