Contents  on 9 April '12

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Traffic Report  on 9 April '12

Two objects reported inside ten LD

Two objects are reported traveling inside ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. 2012 FA57 departs from inside ten LD, passing from 8.52 to 10.56 LD, and risk-listed 2012 GD moves inward from 9.85 to 9.44 LD. Approaching our neighborhood, 2007 HV4 arrives inside ten LD on April 14th and 1992 JD on April 30th.

This report was generated at 1633 UTC.


Notes: Ten times the distance to the Moon (ten LD) has no astronomical significance but is a useful reporting boundary. Object distances are interpreted by A/CC from JPL Horizons data. See also current sky chart and object details (alt-details), ephemerides, and today's timeline.

NEOCP Activity  on 9 April '12

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 2 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had two objects listed.

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 9 April '12

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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


<< DOU on 9 Apr. '12 >>  MPEC 2012-G26 - "06:01 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 9 April '12

Five observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
B88Bigmuskie Obs. in Italy, 3 in MPEC 2012-G26 -- 2012 ES14, 2012 AA11, 263976
8071Marc W. Buie via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. in Chile, 1 in MPEC 2012-G26 -- 2012 DU30
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 19 in MPEC 2012-G26 -- 2012 GK, 2012 FZ44, 2012 FR35, 2012 FD23, 2012 ES14, 2012 DX75, 2012 DK61, 2011 PW6, 2009 KJ, 2008 WZ13, 2006 VQ13, 2005 EE224, 2004 VB, 2002 JQ9, 2000 GS146, 1998 HM3, 1995 FJ, 66272, 52750
E12Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2012-G26 -- 2012 BD124
691Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 2 in MPEC 2012-G26 -- 2012 DP8, 2012 DG31
H53Thompsonville Obs. in Illinois, 1 in MPEC 2012-G26 -- 2012 AA11
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 9 April '12

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2359 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today, except that observation of one risk-listed object has been reported (see today's DOU MPEC above). 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 9 April '12

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

1633Generated Traffic Report
1632Grabbed MPEC 2012-G26 - Daily Orbit Update - see above