1 Ceres imaged from the HST. 
Credit: NASA, ESA & J. Parker.

Displaying the hydrostatic equilibrium that separates dwarf planets from other large minor objects, its roundness is just about all that can be discerned about 1 Ceres in this image made during December 2003 and January 2004 with the Advanced Camera for Surveys on the Hubble Space Telescope. The Dawn spacecraft is to launch Saturday to begin a journey that will get an up-close view in 2015. See news below. Credit: NASA, ESA & J. Parker.

Contents  on 2 July '07


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Minor-Object News  on 2 July '07

Minor-Object Science  on 2 July '07

NEOCP Activity  on 2 July '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page is currently empty

The NEOCP is currently empty and hasn't been noted by Major News as active yet today (last checked at 2354 UTC).

New MPECs  on 2 July '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2354 UTC, there has been one MPEC issued today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

<< DOU on 2 July '07 >>  MPEC 2007-N02 - "06:07 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 2 July '07

Three observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2007-N02 -- 2007 MB24
A24New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 9 in MPEC 2007-N02 -- 2007 CA19, 2007 BB50, 2002 TD60, 152895, 53435, 31221, 22771, 5626, 3103
E12Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 2 in MPEC 2007-N02 -- 2007 FE1, 2007 EX

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 2 July '07

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2354 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today.

Chronology  on 2 July '07

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

1929Added MOS paper, " Molecular Outflows and a Mid-Infrared Census of the Massive Star-Formation Region Associated with IRAS 18507+0121" - see above
Added link to news story, "A New Dawn for Interplanetary Exploration"
1458Added link to news story, "Dawn Spacecraft Ready To Turn Science Fiction into Reality"
Added link to news story, "Girls set to Cruise on their own stage"
Added link to news story, "Dawn mission prepares for launch"
Added link to news story, "Review: Space Invaders"
1329Grabbed MPEC 2007-N02 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
Added link to news story, "Dazzling border lights worrying astronomers"