Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko from VLT 
with trail in 2004. (c)Copyright Max Planck Inst.

Comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko observed from ESO's 8.2-meter VLT in Chile in 2004 seen with what is believed to be a dust trail. See more info below. ©Copyright Max Planck Institute.

Contents  on 21 August '07


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Minor-Object News  on 21 August '07

Minor-Object Science  on 21 August '07

No science papers are known or prepared yet today.

NEOCP Activity  on 21 August '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 5 listings: 5 new

When last checked at 2354 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had five new listings. All of these were "one nighters." So far Major News has counted a total of six objects listed on the NEOCP at some point today.

To learn how observers use the NEOCP, see the Practical guide on how to observe NEOCP object by Birtwhistle et al. at Suno Observatory.

New MPECs  on 21 August '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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

MPEC 2007-Q14 - "23:14 UT" - 2007 QA2

<< DOU on 21 Aug. '07 >>  MPEC 2007-Q13 - "06:09 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 21 August '07

Nine observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
A50Andrushivka Obs. in the Ukraine, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q14 -- 2007 QA2
J51Atlante Obs. in the Canary Islands, 3 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 PF28, 2007 LR32, 2007 DT103
157Frasso Sabino Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 DA41
379Hamamatsu-Yuto Obs. in Japan, 6 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 PU11, 2007 PF28, 2007 PE8, 2007 LR32, 2007 DT103, 86324
474Mt. John Obs. in New Zealand, 6 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 PR9, 2007 PH25, 2007 NL1, 2006 XD2, 2006 NL, 2002 VD118
A24New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 15 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 DB83, 86039, 40267, 154555, 154453, 154007, 145656, 5626, 4544, 4257, 4055, 3554, 3103, 1866, 1627
D21Shenton Park Obs., 2 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 PQ9, 2007 PH25
673Table Mtn. Obs. in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 PR25
G72University Hills Obs. in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q13 -- 2007 DT103

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 21 August '07

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2354 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today. See the CRT for activity in the last month.

Chronology  on 21 August '07

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

2354Grabbed MPEC 2007-Q14 - 2007 QA2 - see above
1902The NEOCP has become active
1901Added link to news story, "Two new papers make extraordinary claims about comets and life"
1815Added link to news story, "Project on Kuiper Belt Wins High School Junior a Week at Ames"
Added link to news story, "August 19, 2007 Fireball"
Added link to news story, "Frontiers of Astronomy With the World's Largest Radio Telescope"
Added link to news story, "Lumpy, bumpy, fluffy and layered: A picture of Rosetta's target comet builds up"
Added link to news story, "Successful re-ignition of Ion Engine C onboard Hayabusa"
Added link to news story, "Fourth anniversary of Spitzer Space Telescope's 'dust-busting' the universe"
1410Grabbed MPEC 2007-Q13 - Daily Orbit Update - see above