Technical illustration of the WISE space observatory, 
courtesy of the WISE Mission.

NASA JPL reported yesterday that the WISE infrared space telescope is warming up after depleting coolant and has lost its most sensitive detector. But, after last month completing its primary mission to map the entire sky, there is still enough coolant left to map perhaps half the sky again. Illustration courtesy of the WISE mission.

Contents  on 11 August '10


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NEOCP Activity  on 11 August '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, three 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 11 August '10

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2358 UTC, there have been two MPECs posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MPEC 2010-P49 - "13:05 UT" - 2010 LR33

<< DOU on 11 Aug. '10 >>  MPEC 2010-P48 - "06:12 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 11 August '10

Eighteen observing facilities appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
J32Aljaraque Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 5786
B03Alter Satzberg Obs. in Austria, 3 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PY22, 2010 PM9, 2010 PL9
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 11 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PQ2, 2010 PP2, 2010 PO2, 2010 PM10, 2010 PL9, 2010 PK9, 2010 ON101, 2010 OL100, 2010 OB, 2010 MW1, 2010 MF1
B75Betelgeuse Station in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 5786, 4055
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 3 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 MF1, 2002 QY6, 2002 NE71
448Desert Moon Obs. in New Mexico, 3 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PP2, 2010 OP1, 2006 QS
203GiaGa Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 ON101
H15ISON-NM Obs. in New Mexico, 2 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PM9, 2010 OS22
644NEAT's Mt. Palomar telescope in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2010-P49 -- 2010 LR33
608NEAT's USAF Haleakala telescope in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2010-P49 -- 2010 LR33
D29Purple Mtn. Obs. Xuyi Station in China, 3 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PP2, 143381, 5011
E12Siding Spring Survey (SSS) in New South Wales, 17 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PR10, 2010 OP1, 2010 OC, 2010 OA, 2010 NR1, 2010 LY63, 2009 KD5, 2009 CN5, 2006 WZ2, 2005 ED318, 2004 JX20, 2001 RY11, 2001 OT, 87309, 85839, 142563, 1566
J26Spaceguard Centre in Wales, 1 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 1865
691Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2006 GZ
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 4 in MPECs 2010-P48 & 2010-P49 -- 2010 PM9, 2010 OE22, 2010 OB101, 2010 LR33
C51WISE in Earth polar orbit, 3 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 NG1, 2010 KH, 2010 FO92
G56Walnut Creek Obs. in northern California, 2 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PY22, 2002 OS4
I15Wishing Star Obs. in Rhode Island, 4 in MPEC 2010-P48 -- 2010 PY22, 2010 MF1, 2002 NE71, 5786
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 11 August '10

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2358 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 11 August '10

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

1509Grabbed MPEC 2010-P48 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2010-P49 - 2010 LR33 - see above