This composite Akari sky survey image in the infrared at 9 micrometers shows a cross-section of the Milky Way galaxy disk with its dense bright center and bright star-forming regions -- more info below. Credit: JAXA. See also the Akari mission site.
Contents on 12 July '07
- Minor-Object News -- seven items
- Minor-Object Science -- none yet today
- IAU Minor Planet Center
- Impact Risk Monitoring -- nothing to report
- Consolidated Risk Tables - CRT page
- Ephemerides for risk-rated objects
- Ephemerides for small asteroids
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Minor-Object News on 12 July '07
- Kitt Peak update: The Southwest Coordination Center news release (545Kb PDF) from this morning reports that "Firefighters on Wednesday completed building containment lines around the Alambre Fire... Fire managers say containment is at 80 percent." It notes favorable weather conditions and says some firefighting crews are being released for reassignment. At last check Kitt Peak National Observatory (KPNO) hadn't updated its previous statement on resuming operations tomorrow night, but at noon today said the visitor center will reopen to the public on Sunday.
- "August Meteor Shower Will Be 'A Great Show'," Space.com 12 July - Quote: "The annual Perseid meteor shower is expected to put on a great show this year, peaking in mid-August... The Moon will be out of the way, leaving dark skies for good viewing as Earth plunges through an ancient stream of comet debris."
- "New light cast on key chemical reactions in interstellar space," Argonne Natl. Lab 10 July - Quote: "[Scientists have] developed a detailed understanding of the dynamics of reactions between neutral radicals and neutral molecules, known as 'neutral-neutral' reactions, at temperatures as low as 20 Kelvin, approximately the temperature of interstellar space [using] a sample class of reactions (O3P + alkenes) that spans the range from non-reactive to highly reactive."
- "Students To Track Asteroids," New Mexico Tech 19 June - Quote: "For the next six weeks [three dozen top high school science students from 19 states plus Singapore] will spend their days in college-level lectures, and their nights imaging and measuring the speck of light from a distant asteroid... Working in teams of three, students will observe an asteroid with telescopes at Etscorn Observatory [MPC 719], measure its position precisely relative to nearby stars, then calculate its orbit using software they write themselves."
- "Good Morning, New Horizons!" NASA New Horizons mission 12 July - Quote: "Early this morning, New Horizons operators gently awakened the spacecraft from the two-week 'nap' that marked the mission's first operational step into hibernation mode... Hibernation reduces wear and tear on spacecraft electronics, lessens spacecraft-operation costs and frees up Deep Space Network tracking resources for other missions. New Horizons will 'sleep' in this spin-stabilized state for most of the remaining cruise to Pluto [arriving in 2015]; operators will wake New Horizons for about two months out of each year for system checkouts and instrument calibrations."
- "Near Sun Hibernation Mode," ESA Rosetta mission status report 11 July - Quote: "No activities have been conducted during the reporting period [9 June to 6 July 2007, besides four passive communication passes]... The Near Sun Hibernation Phase will last until the beginning of September [when] the spacecraft will be reconfigured back to Active Cruise Mode ... in preparation of the second Earth swing-by which takes place on 13 November 2007."
- "AKARI presents detailed all-sky map in infrared light," ESA 11 July - Quote: "Launched in February 2006, AKARI ... is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) project with ESA and international participation [performing] all-sky observations in six wavelength bands. More than 90 percent of the entire sky has so far been imaged. The mission provides the first census of the infrared sky since the atlas made by its only infrared surveyor predecessor, the Anglo-Dutch-US IRAS satellite more than 20 years ago... [One survey image, see above] shows the entire sky in infrared light at nine micrometres. The bright stripe extending from left to right is the disc of our own Milky Way Galaxy. Several bright regions corresponding to strong infrared radiation appear along or next to the Galactic Plane. These regions are sites of newly born stars."
NEOCP Activity on 12 July '07
The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 1 listing: 1 updated
When last checked at 2356 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one updated listing. Of these, none were "one nighters." So far Major News has counted a total of two objects listed on the NEOCP at some point today.
New MPECs on 12 July '07
Minor Planet Electronic Circulars
As of last check at 2356 UTC, there have been two MPECs issued today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- MPEC 2007-N28 time-stamped "06:07 UT" - Daily Orbit Update - see below
- MPEC 2007-N29 time-stamped "17:39 UT" - Comet C/2007 N1 (McNaught)
MPEC 2007-N29 - "17:39 UT" - Comet C/2007 N1 (McNaught)
- CK07N010 C/2007 N1 (i=9.3°, q=2.280 AU, TP=2007 Sept. 7.236 TT) from the Siding Spring Survey (SSS) (July 10.73-76p5, 10.84p1, 11.67p1, 11.77p1 & 11.83p1), the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) (July 11.45-46p4), Mt. John Obs. (July 11.64p2 & 11.70p2), and Vallemare di Borbona Obs. (July 12.07-08p4)
- K07N00Q 2007 NQ (arc=1 day, H=19.5 ~426m) from SSS (July 11.35p2 & 11.64-65p2)
- K07M24C 2007 MC24 (arc=17 days, H=19.6 ~407m) from Mt. John Obs. (July 11.51-52p3)
- K07H15E 2007 HE15 (arc=80 days, H=19.7 ~389m) from SSS (July 10.83p1 & 11.83p1)
- K07C19A 2007 CA19 (Q=5.089 AU, arc=66 days, H=17.6 ~1.02 km) from New Millennium Obs. (March 14.89-03p11)
- K06Y13T 2006 YT13 (i=38.2°, arc=2 opp, H=18.3 ~741m) from Mt. John Obs. (July 11.72-74p4)
- K06Q00E 2006 QE (arc=2 opp, H=19.6 ~407m) from Mt. John Obs. (July 11.53-57p4)
- K05N44W 2005 NW44 (arc=2 opp, H=20.4 ~282m) from El Leoncito Obs. (July 5.13-15p3 & 8.04-06p3)
- K03W25M 2003 WM25 (Q=4.101 AU, arc=2 opp, H=17.6 ~1.02 km) from Mt. John Obs. (July 11.45-48p4)
- K03U19Y 2003 UY19 (arc=2 opp, H=18.6 ~645m) from Mt. John Obs. (July 11.75-77p5)
- K03H02F 2003 HF2 (q=0.361 AU, arc=4 opp, H=19.6 ~407m) from El Leoncito Obs. (July 5.18-20p3)
- F9495 159495 2000 UV16 from El Leoncito Obs. (July 8.03-04p3)
- F4007 154007 2002 BY from SSS (July 11.48-51p4)
- F2895 152895 2000 CQ101 from SSS (July 10.55p1)
- A8519 108519 2001 LF from SSS (July 11.49-51p4)
- 53435 53435 1999 VM40 from New Millennium Obs. (March 14.90-04p17)
- 31221 31221 1998 BP26 from New Millennium Obs. (March 14.90-04p11)
- 22771 22771 1999 CU3 from New Millennium Obs. (March 14.91-05p12)
- 05626 5626 1991 FE from New Millennium Obs. (March 14.89-03p12)
- 03103 3103 Eger (1982 BB) from New Millennium Obs. (March 14.90-06p13)
Observers on 12 July '07
Six observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.
|703||Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-N29 -- C/2007 N1|
|808||El Leoncito Obs. in Argentina, 3 in MPEC 2007-N28 -- 2005 NW44, 2003 HF2, 159495|
|474||Mt. John Obs. in New Zealand, 6 in MPECs 2007-N28 & 2007-N29 -- C/2007 N1, 2007 MC24, 2006 YT13, 2006 QE, 2003 WM25, 2003 UY19|
|A24||New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 6 in MPEC 2007-N28 -- 2007 CA19, 53435, 31221, 22771, 5626, 3103|
|E12||Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 6 in MPECs 2007-N28 & 2007-N29 -- C/2007 N1, 2007 NQ, 2007 HE15, 154007, 152895, 108519|
|A55||Vallemare di Borbona Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-N29 -- C/2007 N1|
Impact Risk Monitoring on 12 July '07
At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2356 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today.
Chronology on 12 July '07
Times are UTC for when the items were noted or added by Major News.
|2031||Grabbed MPEC 2007-N29 - Comet C/2007 N1 (McNaught) - see above|
Added news report, "Kitt Peak update"
Added link to news story, "New light cast on key chemical reactions in interstellar space"
Added link to news story, "Students To Track Asteroids"
Added link to news story, "August Meteor Shower Will Be 'A Great Show'"
|1511||Added link to news story, "Good Morning, New Horizons!"|
Added link to news story, "Near Sun Hibernation Mode"
|1414||Added link to news story, "AKARI presents detailed all-sky map in infrared light"|
|1404||Grabbed MPEC 2007-N28 - Daily Orbit Update - see above|