Contents  on 28 February '13

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Traffic Report  on 28 February '13

One object reported inside ten LD

One asteroid is reported traveling within ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. 2013 DS9 exits ten LD, traveling from 9.93 to 10.79 LD. The next object known to be approaching is risk-listed radar target 2007 EO88, which arrives inside ten LD on March 15th.

This report was generated at 1442 UTC with observation of distant 68216 2001 CV26 reported in today's DOU MPEC.

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 28 February '13

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.

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 28 February '13

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2358 UTC, there has been one MPEC posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

<< DOU on 28 Feb. '13 >>  MPEC 2013-D56 - "06:02 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 28 February '13

Five observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 11 in MPEC 2013-D56 -- 2013 DU, 2013 BY45, 2002 TY68, 2000 DL8, 355046, 354713, 27346, 152952, 136993, 8176, 1866
448Desert Moon Obs. in New Mexico, 4 in MPEC 2013-D56 -- 2013 DU, 2013 DR9, 2012 XF112, 2010 XL69
C73Galati Obs. in Romania, 12 in MPEC 2013-D56 -- 1999 HA2, 68216, 345722, 22753, 184990, 137199, 11405, 10115, 5828, 5645, 3752, 1864
0892Oleksandr V. Shulga via Nikolaev Obs. in the Ukraine, 7 in MPEC 2013-D56 -- 2009 AV, 99942, 96315, 307161, 11284, 10115, 5645
H45Petit Jean Mtn. South Obs. (PJMSO) in Arkansas, 2 in MPEC 2013-D56 -- 99942, 356394
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 28 February '13

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2359 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 28 February '13

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

1442Generated Traffic Report
1438Grabbed MPEC 2013-D56 - Daily Orbit Update - see above