25143 Itokawa observed in IR by 
Akari July 26th. Credit: JAXA

25143 Itokawa observed by the Akari infrared space telescope on July 26th. See more about this below. Credit: JAXA.

Contents  on 23 August '07


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Minor-Object News  on 23 August '07

Minor-Object Science  on 23 August '07

NEOCP Activity  on 23 August '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 3 listings: 1 new, 2 updated

When last checked at 2354 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one new and two updated listings. Of these, one was a "one nighter." So far Major News has counted a total of five 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 23 August '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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

<< DOU on 23 Aug. '07 >>  MPEC 2007-Q17 - "06:09 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 23 August '07

Twelve observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
H55Astronomical Research Obs. in Illinois, 4 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 QK2, 2007 MB24, 2006 AT2, 2003 BT47
621Bergisch Gladbach Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 OR9
300Bisei Spaceguard Center in Japan, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 1999 JU3
448Desert Moon Obs. in New Mexico, 8 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 PP9, 2007 PF6, 2007 PB8, 2007 PA8, 2007 LQ19, 2007 KN4, 2004 OT11, 2001 LE6
442Gualba Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 87309
355Hadano Obs. in Japan, 6 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 PU11, 2007 PE8, 2007 NC5, 2007 LR32, 2002 NN4, 1999 JU3
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 8 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 PP9, 2007 DK8, 1999 DB7, 54686, 21277, 16636, 5143, 4183
A24New Millennium Obs. in Italy, 9 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 86039, 154007, 5626, 4544, 4055, 3554, 3103, 1866, 1627
H45Petit Jean Mtn. South Obs. in Arkansas, 14 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 QA2, 2007 PP9, 2007 PF28, 2007 PE8, 2007 NC5, 2007 LR32, 2007 DT103, 2007 CK26, 2003 SW222, 2002 NN4, 1999 JU3, 87309, 86324, 145656
691Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 1997 ET30
A97Stammersdorf Obs. in Austria, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 PF28
198Wildberg Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2007-Q17 -- 2007 PF28

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 23 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 23 August '07

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

1858Added link to news story, "Palomar Observatory's Sky Survey is the Cosmic Canvas in the New Google Sky"
Added link to news story, "Basaltic bodies baffle astronomers"
Added link to news story, "'Scuse me while Google kisses the sky"
Added link to news story, "Akari's observations of asteroid Itokawa"
Added link to news story, "Catch a falling star"
Added link to news story, "New Imaging Detectors Could Take Snapshots from Deep Space"
Added link to news story, "Tougher Cameras Designed to Withstand Space Radiation"
Added link to news story, "2000-Year-Old Meteors to Rain Down on August 31, 2007"
1415Added MOS paper, "Molecular Line Observations of the Small Protostellar Group L1251B" - see above
Added MOS paper, "Star and Planet Formation with ALMA: an Overview" - see above
Added MOS paper, "The evolution of stars in the Taurus-Auriga T association" - see above
1356Grabbed MPEC 2007-Q17 - Daily Orbit Update - see above