Two NASA Ares NEO intercept mission 
concepts. Credit: NASA MSFC.

NEO interceptor mission concept, with kinetic impactor (left) and nuclear warhead options, each five-plus meters long. Not shown is a solar ablation option. The NASA MSFC proposal would have six such packages delivered by an Ares launch vehicle (seen in the background). See a report below. This image was composited at A/CC from images credited to Adams et al. at NASA MSFC.

Contents  on 8 August '07


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Minor-Object News  on 8 August '07

Minor-Object Science  on 8 August '07

NEOCP Activity  on 8 August '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page is currently empty

The NEOCP is currently empty. There was one listing noted earlier today.

New MPECs  on 8 August '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-P21 - "16:31 UT" - 2007 PF2

<< DOU on 8 Aug. '07 >>  MPEC 2007-P20 - "06:07 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 8 August '07

Fourteen observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

432Boambee Obs. in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 66959
106Crni Vrh Obs. in Slovenia, 1 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2002 NN4
113Drebach Obs. in Germany, 2 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 86324, 85275
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2007 CH15
379Hamamatsu-Yuto Obs. in Japan, 3 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2007 LR32, 2007 DT103, 85275
118Modra Obs. in Slovakia, 2 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2007 LR32, 2007 DT103
J46Montana Blanca Obs. in the Canary Islands, 1 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 433
474Mt. John Obs. in New Zealand, 1 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2007 FH1
608NEAT's USAF Haleakala telescope in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2002 UN
473Remanzacco Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2003 OR14, 86324
B38Santa Mama Obs. in Italy, 4 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2007 LR32, 87309, 86324, 24443
E12Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 6 in MPECs 2007-P20 & 2007-P21 -- 2007 PF2, 2007 NS4, 2005 GG, 89355, 1943, 1685
F85Tiki Obs. in Tahiti, 1 in MPEC 2007-P21 -- 2007 PF2
A48Verona Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-P20 -- 2007 LV8

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 8 August '07

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2356 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today. See the CRT for activity in the last month.

Chronology  on 8 August '07

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

1805Added news report, "Bits & pieces"
Added news report, "Intercept concept"
Added link to news story, "Two Telescopes Combine to Probe Young 'Family' of Stars"
Added link to news story, "Prairie Meteorite Search coming to city"
Added link to news story, "New Microscopes Aid Wesleyan Researchers"
1745Grabbed MPEC 2007-P21 - 2007 PF2 - see above
The NEOCP has become empty
1457Added MOS paper, "Cluster Formation in Contracting Molecular Clouds" - see above
Added MOS paper, "Evidence for dust accumulation just outside the orbit of Venus" - see above
1447Grabbed MPEC 2007-P20 - Daily Orbit Update - see above