Comet C/2007 K5 (Lovejoy) 26 May 2007 discovery 
images by/Copyright Terry Lovejoy

Terry Lovejoy in Queensland, Australia has posted a gallery for comet C/2007 K5 (Lovejoy) with his discovery images. The illustration here shows part of the first 2007 May 26.340 image at full resolution (7.6"/pixel) with the comet at center, and, above that, a mosaic at 33.3% size made from the first image (comet to the right) and an image from May 28.347. North is up and east is left. This observing was done with Canon digital cameras using 200mm lenses. Copyright Terry Lovejoy, used with permission. Further astrometry has been published today (see below), and read more about this comet in June 2nd news.

Contents  on 8 June '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 8 June '07

Minor-Object Science  on 8 June '07

NEOCP Activity  on 8 June '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 3 listings: 3 new

When last checked at 2358 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had three new listings. All of these were "one nighters." Major News counted a total of four objects listed on the NEOCP at some point on this day.

New MPECs  on 8 June '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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

MPEC 2007-L33 - "21:06 UT" - 2007 LL

MPEC 2007-L32 - "18:13 UT" - Observations of Comets

MPEC 2007-L31 - "18:07 UT" - Comet C/2007 K5 (Lovejoy)

MPEC 2007-L30 - "18:02 UT" - Comet C/2007 K3 (Siding Spring)

MPEC 2007-L29 - "17:58 UT" - Comet P/2007 K2 (Gibbs)

MPEC 2007-L28 - "17:53 UT" - Comet C/2007 K1 (Lemmon)

MPEC 2007-L27 - "17:49 UT" - Comet C/2007 JA21 (LINEAR)

MPEC 2007-L26 - "17:46 UT" - Comet P/2007 H3 (Garradd)

MPEC 2007-L25 - "17:42 UT" - Comet P/2007 H1 (McNaught)

<< DOU on 8 June '07 >>  MPEC 2007-L24 - "06:06 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

MPEC 2007-L23 - "03:19 UT" - Comet C/2007 K4 (Gibbs)

Observers  on 8 June '07

A total of 37 observing facilities appeared in this day's MPECs.

834AAAA Buenos Aires Obs. in Argentina, 3 in MPECs 2007-L24 & 2007-L32 -- C/2005 L3, 2006 VV2, 1685
349Ageo Obs. in Japan, 11 in MPECs 2007-L25 & 2007-L32 -- C/2007 G1, C/2006 WD4, C/2006 VZ13, C/2006 M4, C/2006 K4, C/2005 L3, C/2003 WT42, C/2002 VQ94, 96, 17, P/2007 H1
215Buchloe Obs. in Germany, 8 in MPECs 2007-L24, 2007-L28, 2007-L29 & 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2, C/2006 WD4, C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 L3, 96, P/2007 K2, C/2007 K1, 2007 LF
B20Carmelita Obs. in Spain, 3 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 G1, C/2007 E2, C/2005 L3
703Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 6 in MPECs 2007-L24, 2007-L32 & 2007-L33 -- 2007 LL, C/2007 G1, C/2007 B2, 2002 PQ142, 136874, 3103
850Cordell-Lorenz Obs. in Tennessee, 5 in MPECs 2007-L27, 2007-L28, 2007-L29 & 2007-L32 -- C/2007 G1, C/2007 E2, P/2007 K2, C/2007 K1, C/2007 JA21
442Gualba Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2006 VZ13
A17Guidestar Obs. in Germany, 3 in MPEC 2007-L24 -- 2007 LA, 2007 LF, 2007 HX82
379Hamamatsu-Yuto Obs. in Japan, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2
240Herrenberg Obs. in Germany, 3 in MPEC 2007-L24 -- 2005 AD13, 136874, 86829
D88Hiratsuka Obs., 3 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2, C/2003 WT42, C/2002 VQ94
B19Iluro Obs. in Spain, 2 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2, C/2005 L3
246KLENOT in the Czech Republic, 1 in MPEC 2007-L33 -- 2007 LL
415Kambah Obs. in Australia, 10 in MPECs 2007-L25, 2007-L26, 2007-L30, 2007-L31 & 2007-L32 -- C/2007 D1, C/2006 V1, C/2006 M4, C/2006 K4, C/2005 YW, 186, C/2007 K5, C/2007 K3, P/2007 H3, P/2007 H1
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 6 in MPEC 2007-L24 -- 2007 DZ40, 2005 AD13, 2004 ST9, 2002 KF4, 2002 AC2, 85275
J64La Mata Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2
J59Linceo Obs., 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2005 L3
232Masquefa Obs. in Spain, 3 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2, C/2005 L3, 96
A06Mataro Obs. in Spain, 2 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2, C/2006 WD4
932McCarthy Obs. in Connecticut, 2 in MPEC 2007-L24 -- 2007 LF, 2007 DZ40
213Montcabre Obs. in Spain, 4 in MPECs 2007-L23 & 2007-L32 -- C/2007 G1, C/2007 E2, 96, C/2007 K4
J78Murcia Obs. in Spain, 3 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2, C/2006 V1, C/2005 L3
A13Naef Obs. in Switzerland, 1 in MPEC 2007-L28 -- C/2007 K1
561Piszkesteto Sta. in Hungary, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2006 L2
941Pla D'Arguines Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2003 WT42
J53Posadas Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2
H06RAS Obs. Mayhill in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2006 WD4
461SZTE Asteroid Program in Hungary, 1 in MPEC 2007-L33 -- 2007 LL
J49Santa Pola Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2
H85Silver Spring Obs. in Maryland, 1 in MPEC 2007-L24 -- 2007 LA
691Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-L24 -- 2007 JH22
A97Stammersdorf Obs. in Austria, 1 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 E2
361Sumoto Obs. in Japan, 6 in MPECs 2007-L27 & 2007-L32 -- C/2007 G1, C/2007 E2, C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 L3, 96, C/2007 JA21
B30Szamotuly-Galowo Obs. in Poland, 7 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 G1, C/2007 E2, C/2006 VZ13, C/2006 L2, C/2005 S4, C/2005 L3, 96
673Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 3 in MPECs 2007-L27, 2007-L29 & 2007-L32 -- C/2007 G1, P/2007 K2, C/2007 JA21
F85Tiki Obs. in Tahiti, 1 in MPEC 2007-L31 -- C/2007 K5
J70Vega del Thader Obs. in Spain, 5 in MPEC 2007-L32 -- C/2007 B2, C/2005 S4, C/2003 WT42, C/2002 VQ94, 96

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 8 June '07

Summary Risk Table for Risk Assessments Updated Today   (last checks: NEODyS and JPL at 2358 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 LDNEODyS20332016-2080408.4e-08-4.77-5.490NEODyS: "Based on 9 optical observations (of which 0 are rejected as outliers) from 2007/06/07.166 to 2007/06/07.904."
JPL13462010-21012302.2e-07-3.69-4.380JPL: "Analysis based on 9 observations spanning .73827 days (2007-Jun-07.16531 to 2007-Jun-07.90358)." Diameter approximately 0.354 km. from mean, weighted H=19.9.
2007 LAJPL1346R E M O V E DJPL: Risk listing removed at 0943 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 8 June '07

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

2114Grabbed MPEC 2007-L33 - 2007 LL - see above
2033Noted that NEODyS has posted 2007 LD as an impact risk - see above
2023Added link to news story, "NASA's NEO Escapades"
2015Added news report, "Bits & pieces"
Added link to news story, "Radio, TV personality fighting for Pluto's status"
1824Grabbed MPEC 2007-L25 - Comet P/2007 H1 (McNaught) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L26 - Comet P/2007 H3 (Garradd) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L27 - Comet C/2007 JA21 (LINEAR) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L28 - Comet C/2007 K1 (Lemmon) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L29 - Comet P/2007 K2 (Gibbs) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L30 - Comet C/2007 K3 (Siding Spring) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L31 - Comet C/2007 K5 (Lovejoy) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L32 - Observations of Comets - see above
1346Noted that JPL has removed 2007 LA as an impact risk - see above
Noted that JPL has posted 2007 LD as an impact risk - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-L24 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
1340The NEOCP has become active
0521Added MOS paper, "H2D+ line emission in Proto-Planetary Disks" - see above
Added link to news story, "SOFIA Flies to California"
0422Grabbed MPEC 2007-L23 - Comet C/2007 K4 (Gibbs) - see above
0004The NEOCP has become empty