Contents  on 8 June '12

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Traffic Report  on 8 June '12

One object reported inside ten LD

One asteroid is reported traveling within ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. 2012 LA is outbound from 8.85 to 9.08 LD. No other objects are known to be coming inside ten LD until November.

This report was generated at 1545 UTC with follow-up in today's DOU MPEC for 2012 LA, and was revised at 1625 UTC with new distance calculations.

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 8 June '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. Of these, one was a "one nighter." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of five 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 8 June '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 8 June '12 >>  MPEC 2012-L16 - "06:01 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 8 June '12

Nine observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 21 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2012 LA, 2012 KU42, 2012 KM45, 2012 KF47, 2012 KC6, 2012 KA4, 2012 JR17, 2012 JB16, 2012 HO15, 2012 HJ1, 2012 HG31, 2012 GX11, 2012 DG31, 2012 CA21, 2012 BD27, 2008 WM64, 163758, 162173, 153315, 143637, 141018
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 6 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2012 KM11, 2012 HN40, 67367, 248926, 159402, 1566
448Desert Moon Obs. in New Mexico, 5 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2012 JH11, 317685, 297274, 248818, 138847
G48Doc Greiner Research Obs. Rancho Hildalgo (DGRO-RH) in New Mexico, 4 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2007 LE, 66272, 162173, 141018
J04ESA Optical Ground Station (ESA OGS) in the Canary Islands, 2 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2012 GX11, 154715
F656Richard Miles in England via Faulkes Telescope North in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2012 LA
F657Paul Roche in Wales via Faulkes Telescope North in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2011 YU62
5682David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 2012 BN77
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 3 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 329437, 7341, 887
926Tenagra II Obs. in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2012-L16 -- 96536
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 8 June '12

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2302 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 8 June '12

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

1545Generated Traffic Report
1543Grabbed MPEC 2012-L16 - Daily Orbit Update - see above