Contents  on 25 January '13

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Traffic Report  on 25 January '13

One object reported inside ten LD

One object is reported to be within ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. 2013 BT15 is outbound from 7.75 to 9.05 LD.

Coming toward Earth next, 2013 BS45 arrives inside ten LD on January 30th, and 2013 BV15 and intruder 2012 DA14 (risk-listed radar target) come inside on February 8th.

This report was generated at 1639 UTC with today's DOU MPEC reporting observation of 2012 UT9 from 2.59 days before its discovery last October, adding to its previous 6.70-day observation arc.

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 25 January '13

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 13 listings

When last checked at 2309 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had thirteen objects listed. Of these, seven were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of fourteen 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 25 January '13

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2309 UTC, there has been one MPEC posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

<< DOU on 25 Jan. '13 >>  MPEC 2013-B88 - "06:05 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 25 January '13

Nine observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
B17AZT-8 Evpatoria in the Ukraine, 1 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 99942
127Bornheim Obs. in Germany, 3 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2012 XF112, 349068, 343098
703Catalina Sky Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2062
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 13 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2013 BP18, 2013 BN18, 2013 BD70, 2013 BD18, 2012 VV93, 2012 QQ50, 2012 QP17, 2012 PW, 2011 KW15, 2009 LS, 1999 VF22, 99248, 18172
695]Mark Trueblood via Kitt Peak Natl. Obs. in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2012 DJ61
5682David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2007 NQ
711McDonald Obs. in Texas, 1 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2013 BY45
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 6 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2013 AU27, 87024, 54686, 333284, 25916, 12711
B74Santa Maria de Montmagastrell Obs. in Spain, 1 in MPEC 2013-B88 -- 2012 UT9
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 25 January '13

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2309 UTC) there was no risk monitoring news to report yet today, except that observation of one risk-listed object has been reported (see today's DOU MPEC above). 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 25 January '13

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

1639Generated Traffic Report
1637Grabbed MPEC 2013-B88 - Daily Orbit Update - see above