Courtesy Pan-STARRS.

"The largest digital camera ever built," the Pan-STARRS gigapixel camera focal plane is seen at right, nearly complete in June. There are 60 Orthogonal Transfer CCDs, each of which (left) is comprised of an 8x8 array of 600x600-pixel CCDs. A 56-cm. window with a corrector lens will be assembled over the focal plane. See news below. Images courtesy of Pan-STARRS.

Contents  on 21 July '07


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Minor-Object News  on 21 July '07

Minor-Object Science  on 21 July '07

No science papers are known or prepared yet today.

NEOCP Activity  on 21 July '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 7 listings: 1 new, 6 updated

When last checked at 2357 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one new and six updated listings. Of these, two were "one nighters." So far Major News has counted a total of eight objects listed on the NEOCP at some point today.

To learn how observers use the NEOCP, see Suno Observatory's Practical guide on how to observe NEOCP object.

New MPECs  on 21 July '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2357 UTC, there have been two MPECs issued today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MPEC 2007-O35 - "23:36 UT" - 2007 GD49

<< DOU on 21 July '07 >>  MPEC 2007-O34 - "06:08 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 21 July '07

Eight observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

F653FTP education program via Faulkes Telescope North in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2007-O34 -- 2007 GS3
H51Greiner Research Obs. in Wisconsin, 1 in MPEC 2007-O34 -- 2003 MT9
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 6 in MPEC 2007-O34 -- 2007 FK1, 86324, 16636, 7350, 5143, 4183
118Modra Obs. in Slovakia, 4 in MPEC 2007-O34 -- 2007 LR32, 2006 RO36, 2003 MT9, 2001 RV17
474Mt. John Obs. in New Zealand, 1 in MPEC 2007-O34 -- 2007 GD49
608NEAT's USAF Haleakala telescope in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2007-O35 -- 2007 GD49
E12Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 3 in MPEC 2007-O34 -- 159609, 138859, 5011
6735Jim Young via Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2007-O34 -- 2005 OE3

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 21 July '07

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2357 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today.

Chronology  on 21 July '07

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

2357Grabbed MPEC 2007-O35 - 2007 GD49 - see above
2017Added link to news story, "CBC site for gathering of celestial observers"
1703Added link to news story, "Gigapixel camera nearly complete"
Added link to news story, "Spitzer Searches for the Origins of Life"
Added link to news story, "Dawn ELV status report"
1442Grabbed MPEC 2007-O34 - Daily Orbit Update - see above