Contents  on 12 April '12

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Traffic Report  on 12 April '12

No objects reported inside ten LD

No asteroids are reported to be within ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. Coming towards us next, 2007 HV4 is calculated to arrive inside ten LD on April 14th (passage uncertainty 1.748 days), newly discovered 2012 GP1 on April 17th, and 1992 JD on April 30th (uncertainty 4.600 hours).

This report was updated at 2349 UTC with new discovery 2012 GP1 (MPEC). Today's first traffic report was generated at 1516 UTC, noting follow-up for 2012 FM35 from late March in today's DOU MPEC.

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 12 April '12

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 26 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had 26 objects listed. Of these, seventeen were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of 27 listings on the NEOCP 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 12 April '12

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 2012-G31 - "21:39 UT" - 2012 GP1

<< DOU on 12 Apr. '12 >>  MPEC 2012-G30 - "06:03 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 12 April '12

Nineteen observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
J16An Carraig Obs. in Northern Ireland, 1 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 ES14
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 22 in MPECs 2012-G30 & 2012-G31 -- 2012 GP1, 2012 GK, 2012 FY23, 2012 FU62, 2012 FR62, 2012 FR35, 2012 FR1, 2012 FQ35, 2012 FP52, 2012 FO52, 2012 FN52, 2012 FJ, 2012 FG58, 2012 FA14, 2012 ES14, 2012 EL5, 2012 DY32, 2012 DN14, 2012 DG61, 2011 YL6, 2011 QD48, 2008 GG2
B88Bigmuskie Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2011 SL102, 2011 QD48
703Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) in Arizona, 8 in MPECs 2012-G30 & 2012-G31 -- 2012 GP1, 2012 AA11, 68267, 234341, 212359, 171819, 136618, 5620
850Cordell-Lorenz Obs. in Tennessee, 1 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 ES14
I39Cruz del Sur Obs. in Argentina, 1 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 4954
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2012-G31 -- 2012 GP1
168Kourovskaya Obs. in Russia, 7 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 BC20, 2011 YV15, 2009 AV, 2006 VY13, 317643, 263976, 141018
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 2 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 141018, 3103
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey (MLS) in Arizona, 3 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 41429, 238063, 3551
0892program code 2 via Nikolaev Obs. in the Ukraine, 5 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 FY23, 2012 ES14, 2012 DO, 2012 AA11, 141018
J69North Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 AA11
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 6 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 DU30, 2004 HH33, 66407, 322966, 10150, 4055
D90`Kevin Hills in England via RAS Obs. Moorook in South Australia, 1 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 FL35
H36Sandlot Obs. in Kansas, 2 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 FK35, 2012 FD1
204Schiaparelli Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-G31 -- 2012 GP1
033Schwarzschild Obs. in Germany, 4 in MPEC 2012-G30 -- 2012 FN62, 2012 FM35, 2012 EH5, 2010 GE30
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 3 in MPECs 2012-G30 & 2012-G31 -- 2012 GP1, 2012 FQ1, 2012 FL35
I93St. Pardon de Conques Obs. in France, 1 in MPEC 2012-G31 -- 2012 GP1
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 12 April '12

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2359 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today, except that observations of two risk-listed objects have 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 12 April '12

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

2349Updated Traffic Report
2215Grabbed MPEC 2012-G31 - 2012 GP1 - see above
1514Grabbed MPEC 2012-G30 - Daily Orbit Update - see above