Contents  on 15 August '12

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Traffic Report  on 15 August '12

No objects reported inside ten LD

No objects are reported traveling inside ten lunar distances (LD) of our planet today and none are known to be coming in until November. This report was generated at 0316 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 15 August '12

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 62 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had 62 objects listed. Of these, 28 were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of 73 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 15 August '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-P38 - "16:27 UT" - 2012 PZ17


<< DOU on 15 Aug. '12 >>  MPEC 2012-P37 - "06:02 UT" - Daily Orbit Update


MPEC 2012-P36 - "01:47 UT" - 2012 PS17

Observers  on 15 August '12

A total of 27 observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
B03Alter Satzberg Obs. in Austria, 1 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 2012 PN6
E23Arcadia Obs. in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
I56Beckman Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 219071
470Ceccano Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 2012 PS17
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. in Chile, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
I39Cruz del Sur Obs. in Argentina, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
I48El Catalejo Obs. in Argentina, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
595Farra d'Isonzo Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
F659Marco Micheli in Hawaii via Faulkes Telescope North in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 2012 PP17
E108program code 8 via Faulkes Telescope South in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 2012 HG31
203GiaGa Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPECs 2012-P36 & 2012-P37 -- 2012 PS17, 2010 OS22
C43Hoyerswerda Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
B15Inastars Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 2012 PN6
J75La Sagra Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
C01Lohrmann Obs. in Germany, 4 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 52387, 52381, 163758, 163732
474Mt. John Obs. in New Zealand, 1 in MPEC 2012-P38 -- 2012 PZ17
C23Olmen Obs. in Belgium, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 7 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 2000 EA14, 329437, 329340, 218863, 163454, 162635, 138847
H45Petit Jean Mtn. South Obs. (PJMSO) in Arkansas, 17 in MPEC 2012-P37 -- 2012 PG5, 2012 OP4, 2012 OO, 2012 OE1, 2012 NP, 2012 LU7, 2012 LE11, 2012 BZ76, 2012 BC20, 2010 OS22, 2009 AV, 2006 DQ62, 2005 UC, 2002 EZ2, 2001 QG142, 1998 ST27, 1998 QC1
H06|Hidetaka Sato in Japan via RAS Obs. Mayhill in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
D90`Kevin Hills in England via RAS Obs. Moorook in South Australia, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
E12Siding Spring Survey (SSS) in New South Wales, 2 in MPECs 2012-P37 & 2012-P38 -- 2012 PZ17, 2012 MN2
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 2 in MPECs 2012-P36 & 2012-P37 -- 2012 PS17, 2012 MR4
I93St. Pardon de Conques Obs. in France, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
954Teide Obs. in the Canary Islands, 1 in MPEC 2012-P36 -- 2012 PS17
194Tivoli Obs. in Namibia, 1 in MPEC 2012-P38 -- 2012 PZ17
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 15 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 15 August '12

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

1818Grabbed MPEC 2012-P38 - 2012 PZ17 - see above
1453Grabbed MPEC 2012-P37 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
0316Generated Traffic Report
0315Grabbed MPEC 2012-P36 - 2012 PS17 - see above