2 Feb. 2006 photo of SOFIA telescope bay. Credit L-3 Communications/USRA.

This 2 Feb. 2006 photo shows the opening in SOFIA's fuselage with the 100-inch infrared telescope. Credit L-3 Communications/USRA.


Contents  on 23 June '07

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Minor-Object News  on 23 June '07

Minor-Object Science  on 23 June '07

NEOCP Activity  on 23 June '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 9 listings: 2 new, 7 updated

When last checked at 1726 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had two new and seven updated listings. Of these, two were "one nighters." Major News counted a total of seventeen objects listed on the NEOCP at some point on this day.

New MPECs  on 23 June '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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


MPEC 2007-M34 - "18:20 UT" - Comet C/2007 K5 (Lovejoy)


MPEC 2007-M33 - "16:12 UT" - 2007 ML6


MPEC 2007-M32 - "16:10 UT" - 2007 MK6


MPEC 2007-M31 - "14:46 UT" - Comet C/2007 M3 (LINEAR)


MPEC 2007-M30 - "14:41 UT" - Comet C/2007 M2 (Catalina)


<< DOU on 23 June '07 >>  MPEC 2007-M29 - "06:07 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 23 June '07

A total of 26 observing facilities appeared in this day's MPECs.

H55Astronomical Research Obs. in Illinois, 1 in MPEC 2007-M30 -- C/2007 M2
703Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 4 in MPECs 2007-M29, 2007-M30 & 2007-M32 -- 2007 MK6, C/2007 M2, 2006 GB, 40267
850Cordell-Lorenz Obs. in Tennessee, 3 in MPECs 2007-M30, 2007-M31 & 2007-M33 -- 2007 ML6, C/2007 M3, C/2007 M2
808El Leoncito Obs. in Argentina, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
H87Fenwick Obs., 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
651Grasslands Obs. in Arizona, 3 in MPECs 2007-M31, 2007-M32 & 2007-M33 -- 2007 ML6, 2007 MK6, C/2007 M3
H51Greiner Research Obs. in Wisconsin, 2 in MPEC 2007-M29 -- 2007 FV42, 154453
A17Guidestar Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
415Kambah Obs. in Australia, 1 in MPEC 2007-M34 -- C/2007 K5
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 3 in MPECs 2007-M29, 2007-M31 & 2007-M33 -- 2007 ML6, C/2007 M3, 89355
J87La Canada Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
E17Leura Obs. in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2007-M29 -- 2007 FV42
A06Mataro Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
932McCarthy Obs. in Connecticut, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona, 3 in MPECs 2007-M29 & 2007-M30 -- C/2007 M2, 152558, 9202
A24New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 12 in MPEC 2007-M29 -- 2007 CA19, 2007 BB50, 2006 VD13, 2005 CW25, 2002 TD60, 152895, 53435, 31221, 4544, 4055, 3199, 3103
649Powell Obs. in Kansas, 5 in MPECs 2007-M29, 2007-M31 & 2007-M32 -- 2007 MK6, C/2007 M3, 2007 MC4, 2007 LU19, 2007 LB15
H06RAS Obs. Mayhill in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
473Remanzacco Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
104San Marcello Pistoiese Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3
H36Sandlot Obs. in Kansas, 2 in MPECs 2007-M31 & 2007-M33 -- 2007 ML6, C/2007 M3
691Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-M29 -- 52750
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 3 in MPEC 2007-M29 -- 2007 MG, 2007 LB15, 2007 LS
673Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 2 in MPECs 2007-M30 & 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3, C/2007 M2
6735Jim Young via Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 2 in MPECs 2007-M32 & 2007-M33 -- 2007 ML6, 2007 MK6
A55Vallemare di Borbona Obs. in Italy, 3 in MPECs 2007-M31, 2007-M32 & 2007-M33 -- 2007 ML6, 2007 MK6, C/2007 M3
198Wildberg Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2007-M31 -- C/2007 M3

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 23 June '07

There was no risk monitoring news to report on this day.

Chronology  on 23 June '07

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

0005 6/24Grabbed MPEC 2007-M34 - Comet C/2007 K5 (Lovejoy) - see above
1726Grabbed MPEC 2007-M32 - 2007 MK6 - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-M33 - 2007 ML6 - see above
1708Added MOS paper, "A possible impact crater for the 1908 Tunguska Event" - see above
Added link to news story, "Brushfire triggers Madera evacuation"
Added link to news story, "Has a Tunguska Crater Been Found?"
1558Grabbed MPEC 2007-M30 - Comet C/2007 M2 (Catalina) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-M31 - Comet C/2007 M3 (LINEAR) - see above
1317Added MOS paper, "Methane and ethane on the bright Kuiper belt object 2005 FY9" - see above
Added MOS paper, "The Mass of Dwarf Planet Eris" - see above
Added MOS paper, "The surface of 2003 EL61 in the near infrared" - see above
Added MOS paper, "Volatile loss and retention on Kuiper belt objects" - see above
Added news report, "Bits & pieces"
Added link to news story, "Airborne Astronomy in View at NASA's Palmdale Gallery"
1315Grabbed MPEC 2007-M29 - Daily Orbit Update - see above