It was reported yesterday that the U.S.-German joint NASA-DLR SOFIA airborne observatory saw (nighttime in-flight) first light on May 26th. These images of the 2.5-meter, 17-ton infrared telescope and the much modified Boeing 747SP aircraft are credited to NASA/Dryden, Tom Tschida from May 20th (left) and Jim Ross from April 14th this year.
Contents on 29 May '10
- IAU Minor Planet Center
- Observers -- five observing facilities
- Impact Risk Monitoring -- nothing to report
- Consolidated Risk Tables - the CRT page
Of 325 risk-listed objects, 32 have had news in the last month. Updated at 1445 UTC.
- Earth's Busy Neighborhood Traffic Report
Four objects are known to be within ten LD of Earth today. Updated at 0134 UTC.
- Ephemerides for risk-rated and nearby objects
- News image catalog
- Old & new CRT Archive
- Old News Archive & Small Objects Archive
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 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 29 May '10
The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 14 listings: 9 new, 5 updated
When last checked at 2358 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had nine new and five updated listings. Of these, four were "one nighters."
To learn how observers use the NEOCP, see the Practical guide on how to observe NEOCP object at Suno Observatory by Birtwhistle et al.
New MPECs on 29 May '10
Minor Planet Electronic Circulars
As of last check at 2358 UTC, there have been seven MPECs posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
- MPEC 2010-K68 time-stamped "06:09 UT" - Daily Orbit Update - see below
- MPEC 2010-K69 time-stamped "15:40 UT" - Observable Comets - see below
- MPEC 2010-K70 time-stamped "15:44 UT" - Distant Minor Planets - see below
- MPEC 2010-K71 time-stamped "15:50 UT" - Atens and Apollos - see below
- MPEC 2010-K72 time-stamped "15:50 UT" - Amors - see below
- MPEC 2010-K73 time-stamped "15:50 UT" - Unusual Minor Planets - see below
- MPEC 2010-K74 time-stamped "15:50 UT" - PHAs
MPEC 2010-K74 - "15:50 UT" - PHAs
MPEC 2010-K73 - "15:50 UT" - Unusual Minor Planets
MPEC 2010-K72 - "15:50 UT" - Amors
MPEC 2010-K71 - "15:50 UT" - Atens and Apollos
MPEC 2010-K70 - "15:44 UT" - Distant Minor Planets
MPEC 2010-K69 - "15:40 UT" - Observable Comets
- Observations of recently (no longer) risk-listed objects
- K10K00Q 2010 KQ (small asteroid, arc=12 days, H=29.6 ~4m) from Great Shefford Obs. (May 28.04-05p2)
- Observations of almost-small asteroids (21.7<H<=22.0)
- K10F81C 2010 FC81 (Q=4.340 AU, arc=57 days, H=21.8 ~148m) from Castelmartini Obs. (May 26.99p3)
- Observations of other objects
- K10E20H 2010 EH20 (arc=76 days, H=17.9 ~891m) from David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea (April 5.56p3)
- K09K05D 2009 KD5 (arc=3 opp, H=18.3 ~741m) from Castelmartini Obs. (May 26.99-00p3)
- K09C05Q 2009 CQ5 (arc=2 opp, H=17.6 ~1.02 km) from Boambee Obs. (May 25.37p1 & 26.35-36p2)
- K05G21O 2005 GO21 (arc=4 opp, H=16.4 ~1.78 km) from Boambee Obs. (May 25.32p1, 25.39p1 & 26.33-34p2)
- K04X50D 2004 XD50 (arc=2 opp, H=18.5 ~676m) from Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield (May 23.20-21p3)
- N7442 237442 1999 TA10 from Castelmartini Obs. (May 26.97p3)
Observers on 29 May '10
Five observing facilities appear in today's MPEC.
|Code||Observer / observatory|
|H21||Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 1 in MPEC 2010-K68 -- 2004 XD50|
|432||Boambee Obs. in New South Wales, 2 in MPEC 2010-K68 -- 2009 CQ5, 2005 GO21|
|160||Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 3 in MPEC 2010-K68 -- 2010 FC81, 2009 KD5, 237442|
|J95||Great Shefford Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2010-K68 -- 2010 KQ|
|5682||David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2010-K68 -- 2010 EH20|
|For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.|
Impact Risk Monitoring on 29 May '10
At last check (JPL at 2358 and NEODyS at 2359 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today. Visit the CRT to view activity in the last four weeks and our ephemerides page for a complete list of risk-rated objects under current observation or having recent news.
Chronology on 29 May '10
Times are UTC for when items were noted or added by The Tracking News.
|1600||Grabbed MPEC 2010-K69 - Observable Comets - see above|
Grabbed MPEC 2010-K70 - Distant Minor Planets - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2010-K71 - Atens and Apollos - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2010-K72 - Amors - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2010-K73 - Unusual Minor Planets - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2010-K74 - PHAs - see above
|1445||Grabbed MPEC 2010-K68 - Daily Orbit Update - see above|