Contents on 22 February '08
- IAU Minor Planet Center
- Impact Risk Monitoring -- one object
- Consolidated Risk Tables - the CRT page
- Earth's Busy Neighborhood Traffic Report
- Ephemerides for risk-rated and nearby objects
- Old & new CRT Archive
- Old News Archive & Small Objects Archive
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NEOCP Activity on 22 February '08
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, two were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of four 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 22 February '08
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 2008-D25 time-stamped "07:06 UT" - Daily Orbit Update - see below
- MPEC 2008-D26 time-stamped "19:34 UT" - 2008 DE
MPEC 2008-D26 - "19:34 UT" - 2008 DE
- K08D00E 2008 DE (risk-listed, Earth MOID=1.9 LD, H=19.3 ~467m) was discovered at 0749 UT on 19 Feb. by the Catalina Sky Survey (CSS), which observed it at Feb. 12.31-32p4, 19.33-38p7, and 19.43-45p4. The discovery was confirmed by Astronomical Research Obs. (ARO) (Feb. 21.26-27p3).
- Observations of recently (no longer) risk-listed objects
- K08CB8R 2008 CR118 (arc=8 days, H=18.9 ~562m) from the Spacewatch 1.8m telescope (Feb. 13.25-26p3)
- K08C00K 2008 CK (small asteroid, arc=14 days, H=26.2 ~19m) from ARO (Feb. 16.38-40p2 at V=22.2-3)
- Observations of small asteroids (H>22.0)
- K08A04E 2008 AE4 (arc=37 days, H=23.9 ~56m) from ARO (Feb. 16.37p1 & 16.42p2)
- K07Y00F 2007 YF (arc=26 days, H=24.8 ~37m) from the Mt. Lemmon Survey (MLS) (Jan. 11.16-18p4 at V=22.1-3)
- Observations of other objects
- K08C01N 2008 CN1 (arc=17 days, H=20.6 ~257m) from Lumijoki Obs. (Feb. 14.05p4)
- K08A00E 2008 AE (arc=2 opp, H=19.6 ~407m) from Lumijoki Obs. (Feb. 13.99-00p4)
- K07V04Q 2007 VQ4 (arc=3 opp, H=15.8 ~2.34 km, q=1.271 AU) from La Fecha Obs. (Feb. 22.05-11p3)
- K07S02V 2007 SV2 (arc=145 days, H=21.2 ~195m) from the Spacewatch 0.9m telescope (Feb. 12.10-15p3)
- K05T45U 2005 TU45 (arc=3 opp, H=17.0 ~1.35 km) from La Fecha Obs. (Feb. 22.04-09p3)
- K05E70K 2005 EK70 (arc=4 opp, H=17.4 ~1.12 km) from La Fecha Obs. (Feb. 22.03-08p3)
- J99R33H 1999 RH33 from CSS (2005 Oct. 27.31-34p4)
Observers on 22 February '08
Seven observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.
|Code||Observer / observatory|
|H55||Astronomical Research Obs. (ARO) in Illinois, 3 in MPECs 2008-D25 & 2008-D26 -- 2008 DE, 2008 CK, 2008 AE4|
|703||Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) in Arizona, 2 in MPECs 2008-D25 & 2008-D26 -- 2008 DE, 1999 RH33|
|J34||La Fecha Obs. in Spain, 3 in MPEC 2008-D25 -- 2007 VQ4, 2005 TU45, 2005 EK70|
|A70||Lumijoki Obs. in Finland, 2 in MPEC 2008-D25 -- 2008 CN1, 2008 AE|
|G96||Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2008-D25 -- 2007 YF|
|691||Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2008-D25 -- 2007 SV2|
|291||Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2008-D25 -- 2008 CR118|
Impact Risk Monitoring on 22 February '08
Notes for Today's Latest Risk Assessments
|2008 DE||JPL Sentry||2354||2015-2103||44||2.5e-07||-3.62||-3.76||0||JPL: "Analysis based on 18 observations spanning 8.9606 days (2008-Feb-12.30854 to 2008-Feb-21.269174)." Diameter approximately 0.479 km. from mean, weighted H=19.2.|
An impact solution, also known as a "virtual impactor" (VI), is not a prediction but rather a possibility derived from a variant 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" to learn more.