Contents  on 4 August '12

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Traffic Report  on 4 August '12

No objects reported inside ten LD

No objects are reported passing inside ten lunar distances (LD) of our planet today and none are known to be coming in until November.

This report was generated at 1610 UTC with observations reported in today's DOU MPEC for 2012 OQ from mid-July and 2012 HD25 from April.


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 4 August '12

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 6 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had six objects listed. Of these, three were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of seven 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 4 August '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-P08 - "16:33 UT" - 2012 PA


<< DOU on 4 Aug. '12 >>  MPEC 2012-P07 - "06:01 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 4 August '12

Twelve observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 4 in MPECs 2012-P07 & 2012-P08 -- 2012 PA, 2011 WV134, 23183, 4487
300Bisei Spaceguard Center in Japan, 9 in MPEC 2012-P07 -- 2012 HD25, 2012 DO, 2012 BJ134, 2012 AA11, 2011 XO3, 2011 XA3, 2011 QD48, 2004 QJ7, 141018
I99Blanquita Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2012-P07 -- 2012 LU7
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 19 in MPECs 2012-P07 & 2012-P08 -- 2012 PA, 2012 OO, 2012 NP, 2012 NN, 2012 LU7, 2012 LE11, 2012 HG31, 2005 NE21, 37655, 331963, 331769, 330825, 329437, 329340, 326732, 317685, 265962, 153958, 144411
595Farra d'Isonzo Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-P08 -- 2012 PA
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2012-P08 -- 2012 PA
355Hadano Obs. in Japan, 5 in MPEC 2012-P07 -- 2012 ES14, 2012 DX75, 2012 DO, 2012 AA11, 2004 FF29
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 4 in MPECs 2012-P07 & 2012-P08 -- 2012 PA, 85184, 162900, 7888
J52Pinsoro Obs. in Spain, 2 in MPEC 2012-P07 -- 2012 OQ, 153958
B38Santa Mama Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2012-P07 -- 2012 HG31, 5587
I93St. Pardon de Conques Obs. in France, 2 in MPECs 2012-P07 & 2012-P08 -- 2012 PA, 4257
A78Stia Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-P07 -- 2012 HG31
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 4 August '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 4 August '12

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

1704Grabbed MPEC 2012-P08 - 2012 PA - see above
1610Generated Traffic Report
1600Grabbed MPEC 2012-P07 - Daily Orbit Update - see above