Contents  on 3 September '12

Asteroid/Comet Connection (A/CC) Resources:

The latest A/CC news is available via framed access, RSS news feed RSS news feed, or redirection. - Note: A/CC has a main Web site and also a backup site with its own duplicate RSS news feed.

Navigation tips: Use the << and >> arrows on the menus for each regular section (Observers, Risks, etc.) to move to the previous and next day's news for that section. Use the Index menu item to access specific days through a calendar interface. And use the all-up news archive to access news from any time since A/CC began in early 2002. To keep track of what's new each day, watch the Chronology section.

Traffic Report  on 3 September '12

No objects reported inside ten LD

There are no objects reported traveling within ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. Up next, radar target 2012 QG42 arrives inside ten LD on September 11th and 2010 JK1 on November 22nd.

This report was generated at 1544 UTC with follow-up in today's DOU MPEC for 2012 QG42.


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 3 September '12

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 5 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had five objects listed. Of these, one was a "one nighter."

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 3 September '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-R04 - "21:53 UT" - P/2006 U5 = 2012 P1 (Christensen)


<< DOU on 3 Sept. '12 >>  MPEC 2012-R03 - "06:01 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 3 September '12

Seven observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 13 in MPEC 2012-R03 -- 2012 QP10, 2012 QF49, 2012 QB17, 2012 MK6, 2010 LR33, 2009 SC229, 2009 KJ22, 2008 OS9, 2006 RO36, 2006 QE, 2002 TR190, 2002 NY31, 152770
448Desert Moon Obs. in New Mexico, 3 in MPEC 2012-R03 -- 2012 PC20, 2006 WN1, 275611
C95MPC code C95, 1 in MPEC 2012-R03 -- 326732
188Majdanak Obs. in Uzbekistan, 1 in MPEC 2012-R04 -- P/2012 P1
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 7 in MPEC 2012-R03 -- 88710, 275611, 237442, 162011, 5731, 5660, 4179
D90`Kevin Hills in England via RAS Obs. Moorook in South Australia, 1 in MPEC 2012-R03 -- 2012 KU42
I76Tesla Obs. in Spain, 2 in MPEC 2012-R03 -- 2012 QG42, 2012 QE50
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 3 September '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 3 September '12

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

2242Grabbed MPEC 2012-R04 - P/2006 U5 = 2012 P1 (Christensen) - see above
1544Generated Traffic Report
1541Grabbed MPEC 2012-R03 - Daily Orbit Update - see above