Contents  on 30 September '07


Notes: Due to travel, these pages will update irregularly for the rest of the month.
Until September 16th this daily news page, which had included links to news and science papers as well as some occasional original reporting, was called Major News About Minor Objects. Without the news-link and science-link sections, this page was renamed as The Tracking News to more accurately reflect its continuing purpose.

The latest news: framed access (best), RSS news feed (flags updates), or redirection - Note: A/CC has a main Web site and a backup site.

Navigation tips: Use the << and >> arrows on the menus for each regular section (Observers, Risks, etc.) to move to the previous and next day's news for that section. Use the Index menu item to access specific days this year through a calendar interface. And use the all-up news archive to access news from any time since A/CC began in early 2002. To keep track of what's new each day, watch the Chronology section.

NEOCP Activity  on 30 September '07

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 5 listings: 1 new, 4 updated

When last checked at 2304 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's NEO discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one new and four updated listings. Of these, one was a "one nighter."

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 30 September '07

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2304 UTC, there has been one MPEC issued today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

<< DOU on 30 Sept. '07 >>  MPEC 2007-S70 - "06:07 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 30 September '07

Eight observing facilities appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
B03Alter Satzberg Obs. in Austria, 1 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 2007 SQ6
B37Ametlla del Valles Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 16636
170Begues Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 2007 SG11
127Bornheim Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 16636
B23Fiamene Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 2002 SV, 2002 RC118
J46Montana Blanca Obs. in the Canary Islands, 1 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 16834
071Smolyan Obs. in Bulgaria, 2 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 2007 PU11, 2007 LR32
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 6 in MPEC 2007-S70 -- 2007 SN6, 2007 SJ, 2007 RV9, 2007 RT1, 2007 GZ5, 2002 QC7

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 30 September '07

Summary Risk Table for Risk Assessments Updated Today   (last checks: NEODyS and JPL at 2304 UTC)
See the CRT page for a list of all objects rated recently as risks.
Note that the time horizon for JPL is 100 years from today and for NEODyS is now usually the year 2090.
For the latest official risk assessments, and for explanations of the terminology, see the JPL NEO Program Sentry and NEODyS CLOMON (backup) risk pages.





Notes for Today's Latest Risk Assessments
2007 SN6JPL14232022-205922.3e-06-5.04-5.140JPL: "Analysis based on 20 observations spanning 10.884 days (2007-Sep-19.28894 to 2007-Sep-30.17302)." Diameter approximately 0.036 km. from mean, weighted H=24.9.
NEODyS14232022-208542.8e-06-4.92-4.990NEODyS: "Based on 20 optical observations (of which 0 are rejected as outliers) from 2007/09/19.290 to 2007/09/30.174."
2007 SJNEODyS1423R E M O V E D
JPL1423R E M O V E DJPL: Risk listing removed at 1102 UTC.

Legend: VI# = VI count, Prob Cum = cumulative probability, PS Cum/Max = cumulative/maximum Palermo Scale, TS = Torino Scale

An impact solution, also known as a "virtual impactor" (VI), is not a prediction but rather a possibility derived from an orbit calculation that cannot be eliminated yet based on the existing data. Elimination can come quickly with just a little further observation or may take weeks or months, sometimes years. Once superceded or eliminated, a former impact solution has zero relevance to an object's risk. See Jon Giorgini's "Understanding Risk Pages" for more about this.

Chronology  on 30 September '07

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

1423Noted that JPL has removed 2007 SJ as an impact risk - see above
Noted that NEODyS has removed 2007 SJ as an impact risk - see above
Noted that JPL has updated its 2007 SN6 risk assessment - see above
Noted that NEODyS has updated its 2007 SN6 risk assessment - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2007-S70 - Daily Orbit Update - see above