Contents  on 8 July '12

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Traffic Report  on 8 July '12

One object reported inside ten LD

There is one object reported flying inside ten lunar distances (LD) of our planet today. Radar target 2012 MY2 is outbound from 6.73 to 7.53 LD. No other objects are known to come within ten LD until November.

This report was generated at 1653 UTC. Observation of departed 2012 LA11 is reported 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 8 July '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 8 July '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 July '12 >>  MPEC 2012-N10 - "06:01 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 8 July '12

Thirteen observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
C60Argelander Institute for Astronomy Obs. in Germany, 2 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 LU7, 153958
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 15 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 MV4, 2012 MU2, 2012 MS4, 2012 MP, 2012 MM11, 2012 MB7, 2012 LZ1, 2012 LL9, 2012 LG11, 2012 LE11, 2012 LD1, 2012 LA11, 2012 JR17, 2011 YU62, 164400
I56Beckman Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 326732
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 16 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 MZ6, 2012 MW1, 2012 MP, 2012 MM11, 2012 MG7, 2012 LC1, 2012 KY3, 2012 KU42, 2012 KM45, 2012 KL18, 2012 KK18, 2012 JW11, 2012 HY33, 2012 GX11, 2012 FA14, 2012 DH61
G58Chabot Obs. in northern California, 5 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 MU2, 2012 MS4, 2012 MM11, 2012 MC7, 2012 LF11
A17Guidestar Obs. in Germany, 4 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 LU7, 2012 LE11, 2012 KU42, 2010 LG14
695^Spacewatch via Kitt Peak Natl. Obs. (KPNO) in Arizona, 11 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 KN11, 2012 KJ11, 2012 KA4, 2010 OS22, 2010 NT1, 2010 HQ80, 2010 GW62, 2010 DM, 2009 UP1, 248590, 248083
5682David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2011 YB29
A53Peschiera del Garda Obs. in Italy, 3 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 MM11, 2012 LU7, 153958
H36Sandlot Obs. in Kansas, 3 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 MV4, 2012 MM11, 2010 LG14
B38Santa Mama Obs. in Italy, 3 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 HG31, 331963, 5836
I76Tesla Obs., 1 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2012 MM11
718Wiggins Obs. in Utah, 1 in MPEC 2012-N10 -- 2008 YT30
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 8 July '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 8 July '12

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

1653Generated Traffic Report
1652Grabbed MPEC 2012-N10 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
0133Noted that the NEOCP has become active