Contents  on 11 May '12

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Traffic Report  on 11 May '12

No objects reported inside ten LD

There are no asteroids reported flying within ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. Approaching our neighborhood next, 2010 KK37 arrives inside ten LD on May 15th.

This report was generated at 1610 UTC with today's DOU MPEC reporting observation of 2011 SS26 from last September.


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 11 May '12

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 1 listing

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had one object listed. This was a "one nighter." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of two 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 11 May '12

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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


MPEC 2012-J32 - "20:43 UT" - 2012 JQ


MPEC 2012-J31 - "14:41 UT" - 2012 HH2


<< DOU on 11 May '12 >>  MPEC 2012-J30 - "06:02 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 11 May '12

A total of 22 observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 15 in MPECs 2012-J30 & 2012-J32 -- 2012 JQ, 2012 HZ33, 2012 HR15, 2012 HN8, 2012 HN13, 2012 HM8, 2012 HL31, 2012 HK31, 2012 HJ8, 2012 HD20, 2012 GS5, 2012 GK, 2012 GD5, 2012 GA5, 2011 QD48
300Bisei Spaceguard Center in Japan, 1 in MPEC 2012-J32 -- 2012 JQ
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 7 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2012 HL, 1994 NK, 326732, 322966, 312473, 141432, 141018
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 11 in MPECs 2012-J30 & 2012-J32 -- 2012 JQ, 2012 HO1, 2012 HG8, 2012 HC34, 2012 HC20, 2012 FR35, 2012 FP62, 2012 FL35, 2012 DW30, 2008 NS1, 2007 HX4
821Cordoba Obs. Bosque Alegre Station in Argentina, 3 in MPECs 2012-J30 & 2012-J32 -- 2012 JQ, 2008 EB9, 222073
J37Huelva Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 297274
695{Tomas Vorobjov in England via Kitt Peak Natl. Obs. in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2012-J31 -- 2012 HH2
C41MASTER-II Obs. Kislovodsk in Russia, 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 5587
5682David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2012 FQ1
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2012 AT10
566NEAT's GEODSS Haleakala telescope in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 1866
644NEAT's Mt. Palomar telescope in southern California, 2 in MPECs 2012-J30 & 2012-J31 -- 2012 HH2, 2212
608NEAT's USAF Haleakala telescope in Hawaii, 2 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2006 RH7, 2005 QG88
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 7 in MPECs 2012-J30 & 2012-J32 -- 2012 JQ, 2012 DJ4, 2001 JW2, 68348, 144411, 143947, 7088
204Schiaparelli Obs. in Italy, 7 in MPECs 2012-J30, 2012-J31 & 2012-J32 -- 2012 JQ, 2012 HH2, 2011 MB2, 2009 XG8, 2008 HW1, 2002 GK8, 2002 AC
033Schwarzschild Obs. in Germany, 6 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2011 SS26, 2011 SP12, 2011 SJ16, 2011 SG16, 2011 SF25, 2011 SE16
645Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) in New Mexico, 66 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2010 VC1, 2010 FC6, 2009 TB8, 2009 SP171, 2009 SO103, 2009 AK15, 2008 UT2, 2008 TD4, 2008 TA1, 2008 SX148, 2008 SW11, 2008 RG98, 2008 HO3, 2008 GV3, 2007 XJ20, 2007 WB, 2007 RF5, 2007 JZ20, 2007 DZ40, 2006 UR216, 2004 UR, 96744, 38239, 35670, 308043, 303933, 303449, 293054, 292220, 281365, 277616, 276732, 255501, 250577, 238456, 238063, 235700, 230089, 214088, 204131, 194386, 186823, 177016, 175114, 17511, 171486, 162723, 162433, 162215, 162157, 154715, 154652, 154300, 154268, 154229, 153953, 153460, 153349, 152964, 144411, 138846, 9058, 8201, 6611, 5828, 3103
691Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2012 FB57
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 3 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2012 FR1, 2012 FQ1, 2012 FA14
I93St. Pardon de Conques Obs. in France, 1 in MPEC 2012-J32 -- 2012 JQ
C36Starry Wanderer Obs., 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2011 WV134
A98Taurus-1 Obs. in Belarus, 1 in MPEC 2012-J30 -- 2011 WV134
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 11 May '12

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 11 May '12

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

2100Grabbed MPEC 2012-J32 - 2012 JQ - see above
1610Generated Traffic Report
1547Grabbed MPEC 2012-J30 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2012-J31 - 2012 HH2 - see above