SOFIA 2.5 telescope close-up 
& in flight. Credit: NASA/Dryden

The Planetary Society has a page with multiple videos from a recent inside tour of the SOPHIA airborne observatory, and also an audio report. The images above of the aircraft and 2.5-meter infrared telescope are credited to NASA/Dryden, Tom Tschida (left), and Jim Ross from earlier this year.

Contents  on 30 December '10


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NEOCP Activity  on 30 December '10

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 4 listings: 3 new, 1 updated

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had three new and one updated listings. Of these, two were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of seven listings on the NEOCP at some point today.

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 30 December '10

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2359 UTC, there have been two MPECs posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MPEC 2010-Y38 - "20:45 UT" - 2010 YW

<< DOU on 30 Dec. '10 >>  MPEC 2010-Y37 - "07:10 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 30 December '10

Eleven observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
B03Alter Satzberg Obs. in Austria, 3 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 2010 YR, 2010 YO, 2010 YH
300Bisei Spaceguard Center in Japan, 1 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 2010 YR
703Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) in Arizona, 11 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 2010 XC15, 2010 WQ7, 2010 LF86, 2009 DV42, 2004 YZ23, 2000 AC6, 68278, 175706, 12923, 2212, 1580
595Farra d'Isonzo Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 2010 YO, 2010 YH
379Hamamatsu-Yuto Obs. in Japan, 2 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 2010 JL33, 2002 OS4
A35Hormersdorf Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 2010 XP51
H15ISON-NM Obs. in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 68278
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 8 in MPECs 2010-Y37 & 2010-Y38 -- 2010 YW, 2010 VK188, 2010 LR33, 2005 WE, 2002 KL3, 249886, 137052, 1864
A70Lumijoki Obs. in Finland, 1 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 2010 YB
900Moriyama Obs. in Japan, 2 in MPECs 2010-Y37 & 2010-Y38 -- 2010 YW, 2010 YS
I28Starhoo Obs. in Massachusetts, 1 in MPEC 2010-Y37 -- 86324
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 30 December '10

At last check (NEODyS and JPL 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 30 December '10

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

2104Grabbed MPEC 2010-Y38 - 2010 YW - see above
1700Grabbed MPEC 2010-Y37 - Daily Orbit Update - see above