Contents  on 16 July '12

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Traffic Report  on 16 July '12

No objects reported inside ten LD

There are no objects currently known to be within ten LD of our planet today, and none are known to be approaching to that distance until November.

This report was generated at 0417 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 16 July '12

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 4 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had four objects listed. All of these were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of twelve 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 16 July '12

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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


<< DOU on 16 July '12 >>  MPEC 2012-O05 - "06:02 UT" - Daily Orbit Update


MPEC 2012-O04 - "02:00 UT" - 2012 NQ


MPEC 2012-O03 - "01:57 UT" - 2012 NP


MPEC 2012-O02 - "01:55 UT" - 2012 NO


MPEC 2012-O01 - "01:53 UT" - 2012 NN

Observers  on 16 July '12

A total of 20 observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 18 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02, 2012-O03, 2012-O04 & 2012-O05 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NP, 2012 NO, 2012 NN, 2012 NJ, 2012 MR7, 2012 MQ3, 2012 MP, 2012 MM11, 2012 ML6, 2012 MG7, 2012 LZ1, 2012 LD1, 2012 KU42, 2012 JH11, 37655, 285838, 248083
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 8 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02, 2012-O03, 2012-O04 & 2012-O05 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NP, 2012 NO, 2012 NN, 331963, 331471, 329437, 326732
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 10 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02, 2012-O03, 2012-O04 & 2012-O05 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NP, 2012 NO, 2012 NN, 2012 NJ, 2012 MZ6, 2012 MR7, 2012 MG7, 2012 ME7, 2012 LK2
I48El Catalejo Obs. in Argentina, 2 in MPECs 2012-O01 & 2012-O02 -- 2012 NO, 2012 NN
734Farpoint Obs. in Kansas, 2 in MPECs 2012-O02 & 2012-O03 -- 2012 NP, 2012 NO
595Farra d'Isonzo Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-O02 -- 2012 NO
157Frasso Sabino Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2012-O05 -- 2012 NJ, 2006 CF
C73Galati Obs. in Romania, 1 in MPEC 2012-O05 -- 2012 NJ
D00ISON-Kislovodsk Obs., 1 in MPEC 2012-O01 -- 2012 NN
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 9 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02, 2012-O03, 2012-O04 & 2012-O05 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NP, 2012 NO, 2012 NN, 2012 MK6, 85275, 331963, 331471, 317685
C94MASTER-II Obs. Tunka in Russia, 1 in MPEC 2012-O05 -- 2012 NJ
118Modra Obs. in Slovakia, 3 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02 & 2012-O04 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NO, 2012 NN
I89Nerpio Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-O01 -- 2012 NN
H06RAS Obs. Mayhill in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2012-O05 -- 329614
H06|Hidetaka Sato in Japan via RAS Obs. Mayhill in New Mexico, 2 in MPECs 2012-O01 & 2012-O05 -- 2012 NN, 2012 NJ
H36Sandlot Obs. in Kansas, 5 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02 & 2012-O05 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NO, 2012 NN, 2012 HS15, 2002 WX12
204Schiaparelli Obs. in Italy, 5 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02, 2012-O03, 2012-O04 & 2012-O05 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NP, 2012 NO, 2012 NN, 2012 NJ
E12Siding Spring Survey in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2012-O05 -- 2002 PO6
I93St. Pardon de Conques Obs. in France, 4 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02, 2012-O03 & 2012-O04 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NP, 2012 NO, 2012 NN
954Teide Obs. in the Canary Islands, 4 in MPECs 2012-O01, 2012-O02, 2012-O03 & 2012-O04 -- 2012 NQ, 2012 NP, 2012 NO, 2012 NN
A92Urseanu Obs. in Romania, 1 in MPEC 2012-O05 -- 153958
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 16 July '12

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2359 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report 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 16 July '12

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

1700Noted that the NEOCP has become active
1508Grabbed MPEC 2012-O05 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
Noted that the NEOCP has become empty
0417Generated Traffic Report
0413Grabbed MPEC 2012-O01 - 2012 NN - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2012-O02 - 2012 NO - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2012-O03 - 2012 NP - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2012-O04 - 2012 NQ - see above