SOFIA on its 2nd flight 
Credit: NASA/Jim Ross

The SOFIA airborne observatory on its its second test flight on May 10th. The telescope door, which hasn't been opened in flight yet, is in the slight bulge seen on the aircraft's left side between wing and tail. The fourth flight, on May 31st, was to transfer from where SOFIA had been outfitted in Texas to its new home in southern California. Credit: NASA/Jim Ross.


Contents  on 6 July '07

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Minor-Object News  on 6 July '07

Minor-Object Science  on 6 July '07

NEOCP Activity  on 6 July '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 2 listings: 1 new, 1 updated

When last checked at 2356 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one new and one updated listing. Of these, one was a "one nighter."

New MPECs  on 6 July '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2356 UTC, there have been five MPECs issued today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


MPEC 2007-N19 - "14:33 UT" - Observations of Comets


MPEC 2007-N18 - "14:26 UT" - Comet C/2007 M3 (LINEAR)


MPEC 2007-N17 - "14:21 UT" - Comet C/2007 M2 (Catalina)


MPEC 2007-N16 - "14:16 UT" - Comet C/2007 M1 (McNaught)


<< DOU on 6 July '07 >>  MPEC 2007-N15 - "06:06 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 6 July '07

A total of 32 observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

349Ageo Obs. in Japan, 3 in MPECs 2007-N18 & 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13, 185, C/2007 M3
J51Atlante Obs. in the Canary Islands, 3 in MPECs 2007-N18 & 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 S4, C/2007 M3
B09Capannoli Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-N15 -- 145656
B20Carmelita Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13
703Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 S2
A77Chante-Perdrix Obs. in France, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- 96
850Cordell-Lorenz Obs. in Tennessee, 4 in MPECs 2007-N16, 2007-N17, 2007-N18 & 2007-N19 -- C/2005 S4, C/2007 M3, C/2007 M2, C/2007 M1
458Guadarrama Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13
442Gualba Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13
379Hamamatsu-Yuto Obs. in Japan, 4 in MPECs 2007-N15 & 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 L3, 96, 2002 KF4
415Kambah Obs. in Australia, 4 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2005 L3, 96, 44, 2
J67La Puebla de Vallbona Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13
J55Los Altos de Arguineguin Obs., 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2007 E2
D35Lulin Sky Survey in Taiwan, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13
232Masquefa Obs. in Spain, 4 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2007 E2, C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 L3, 96
213Montcabre Obs. in Spain, 7 in MPECs 2007-N18 & 2007-N19 -- C/2007 G1, C/2007 E2, C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 S4, C/2005 L3, 96, C/2007 M3
945Monte Deva Obs., 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-N17 -- C/2007 M2
J78Murcia Obs. in Spain, 3 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2007 G1, C/2005 L3, 96
J47Nazaret Obs. in Spain, 4 in MPECs 2007-N18 & 2007-N19 -- C/2007 G1, C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 L3, C/2007 M3
A24New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 12 in MPECs 2007-N15, 2007-N18 & 2007-N19 -- C/2007 G1, C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 S4, C/2007 M3, 2007 MB24, 2007 MT20, 2005 NW44, 2004 ST9, 145656, 136818, 85275, 3554
A53Peschiera del Garda Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-N15 -- 2007 MB4
J53Posadas Obs. in Spain, 2 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2005 L3, 96
H06RAS Obs. Mayhill in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- 44
473Remanzacco Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-N15 -- 2007 DZ40
939Rodeno Obs., 2 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 L3
J49Santa Pola Obs. in Spain, 3 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 L3, 96
147Suno Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-N18 -- C/2007 M3
B30Szamotuly-Galowo Obs. in Poland, 1 in MPEC 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13
673Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2007-N18 -- C/2007 M3
A55Vallemare di Borbona Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2007-N15 -- 2007 ML13, 2007 LV8
J70Vega del Thader Obs. in Spain, 5 in MPECs 2007-N18 & 2007-N19 -- C/2006 VZ13, C/2005 S4, C/2005 L3, 96, C/2007 M3

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 6 July '07

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2356 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today.

Chronology  on 6 July '07

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

2128Added link to news story, "Dawn Launch Moves to No Earlier Than Monday July 9"
1509Grabbed MPEC 2007-N16 - Comet C/2007 M1 (McNaught) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-N17 - Comet C/2007 M2 (Catalina) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-N18 - Comet C/2007 M3 (LINEAR) - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-N19 - Observations of Comets - see above
1504Added MOS paper, "Herbig-Haro Objects -- Tracers of the Formation of Low-mass Stars and Sub-stellar Objects" - see above
Added link to news story, "Dawn Delta Launch Report"
Added link to news story, "Woman makes safe launches her mission"
Added link to news story, "Court rules German amateur astronomer can keep meteorite found in Austria"
Added link to news story, "Meteorite hunters square off over donations"
Added link to news story, "SOFIA Observatory Debuts at NASA-Dryden"
Added link to news story, "A Telescope Takes Flight"
1352Grabbed MPEC 2007-N15 - Daily Orbit Update - see above