Contents  on 4 September '12

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Traffic Report  on 4 September '12

No objects reported inside ten LD

No asteroids are reported traveling inside ten lunar distances (LD) of our planet today. Approaching our neighborhood next, radar target 2012 QG42 arrives inside ten LD on September 11th and 2010 JK1 on November 22nd.

This report was generated at 1547 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 4 September '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. So far The Tracking News has counted a total of five 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 September '12

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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

MPEC 2012-R08 - "15:31 UT" - Comet C/2012 Q1 (Kowalski)

MPEC 2012-R07 - "13:11 UT" - 2012 QR50

MPEC 2012-R06 - "13:05 UT" - 2012 QQ50

<< DOU on 4 Sept. '12 >>  MPEC 2012-R05 - "06:01 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 4 September '12

Fourteen observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 9 in MPECs 2012-R05, 2012-R06, 2012-R07 & 2012-R08 -- 2012 QR50, 2012 QQ50, 2012 QG42, 2012 QF49, C/2012 Q1, 2012 PG5, 2000 RH60, 214869, 7888
448Desert Moon Obs. in New Mexico, 7 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 2012 QE50, 2012 QB17, 2012 PC20, 2002 YQ5, 326732, 276397, 275611
I57Elche Obs., 2 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 2012 LE11, 887
E104program code 4 via Faulkes Telescope South in New South Wales, 1 in MPEC 2012-R08 -- C/2012 Q1
203GiaGa Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-R06 -- 2012 QQ50
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 2 in MPECs 2012-R06 & 2012-R08 -- 2012 QQ50, C/2012 Q1
H15ISON-NM Obs. in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 2012 QG42
585Kiev Comet Station in the Ukraine, 1 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 333284
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey (MLS) in Arizona, 3 in MPECs 2012-R06, 2012-R07 & 2012-R08 -- 2012 QR50, 2012 QQ50, C/2012 Q1
C23Olmen Obs. in Belgium, 1 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 2012 QG42
E12Siding Spring Survey (SSS) in New South Wales, 5 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 2012 QG42, 2012 PQ28, 2005 NK1, 322966, 433
I76Tesla Obs. in Spain, 2 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 2012 QG42, 2012 QE50
C92Valdicerro Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2012-R06 -- 2012 QQ50
718Wiggins Obs. in Utah, 2 in MPEC 2012-R05 -- 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 4 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 4 September '12

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

1633Grabbed MPEC 2012-R08 - Comet C/2012 Q1 (Kowalski) - see above
1547Generated Traffic Report
1543Grabbed MPEC 2012-R05 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2012-R06 - 2012 QQ50 - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2012-R07 - 2012 QR50 - see above