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Traffic Report  on 2 March '13

Two objects reported inside ten LD

Two asteroids are reported moving within ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today, both were discovered this morning. 2013 EB is outbound from 5.7 to 8.7 LD* after skimming past the Earth-Moon system two days ago. And intruder 2013 EC comes inside ten LD today, moving from 10.54 to 6.04 LD.

Coming our way next, risk-listed radar target 2007 EO88 is calculated with some uncertainty to slip inside ten LD on March 15th.

This report was updated at 2319 UTC with new discoveries 2013 EC (MPEC) and 2013 EB (MPEC). Today's first traffic report was generated at 1631 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. "LD*" indicates some passage uncertainty. See also current sky chart and object details (alt-details), ephemerides, and today's timeline.

NEOCP Activity  on 2 March '13

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 8 listings

When last checked at 2251 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had eight objects listed. Of these, six 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 2 March '13

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2319 UTC, there have been four MPECs posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

MPEC 2013-E05 - "20:49 UT" - 2013 EC

MPEC 2013-E04 - "20:31 UT" - 2013 EB

MPEC 2013-E03 - "20:26 UT" - 2013 EA

<< DOU on 2 Mar. '13 >>  MPEC 2013-E02 - "06:02 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 2 March '13

Eighteen observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
A05Belesta Obs. in France, 1 in MPEC 2013-E02 -- 99942
703Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) in Arizona, 4 in MPECs 2013-E02 & 2013-E04 -- 2013 EB, 2009 AV, 206910, 162900
807|Robert Holmes in Illinois via Cerro Tololo Inter-American Obs. (CTIO) in Chile, 16 in MPECs 2013-E02 & 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA, 2013 DZ, 2013 CZ133, 2013 CX129, 2013 CW83, 2013 CP35, 2013 CL89, 2012 XC55, 2012 QE50, 2012 PW, 2010 GE25, 2006 WS1, 2006 AO4, 333510, 10165, 5660
958Dax Obs. in France, 1 in MPEC 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA
448Desert Moon Obs. in New Mexico, 5 in MPECs 2013-E02 & 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA, 2012 CD29, 2011 BK24, 307161, 275974
G48Doc Greiner Research Obs. Rancho Hildalgo (DGRO-RH) in New Mexico, 2 in MPECs 2013-E02 & 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA, 2013 DR9
C73Galati Obs. in Romania, 10 in MPEC 2013-E02 -- 2011 BK24, 2009 SC15, 96315, 263976, 22771, 162900, 152889, 11284, 6047, 1981
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 2 in MPECs 2013-E03 & 2013-E05 -- 2013 EC, 2013 EA
C43Hoyerswerda Obs. in Germany, 1 in MPEC 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA
W85LCOGT Cerro Tololo A in Chile, 1 in MPEC 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey in Arizona, 1 in MPEC 2013-E05 -- 2013 EC
J43Oukaimeden Obs. in Morocco, 1 in MPEC 2013-E02 -- 2010 GE25
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 2 in MPECs 2013-E02 & 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA, 2012 XF112
D90`Kevin Hills in England via RAS Obs. Moorook in South Australia, 1 in MPEC 2013-E04 -- 2013 EB
V05Rusty Mtn. Obs., 1 in MPEC 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA
204Schiaparelli Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 16 in MPECs 2013-E02, 2013-E03, 2013-E04 & 2013-E05 -- 2013 EC, 2013 EB, 2013 EA, 2013 DZ, 2013 CW83, 2013 CU82, 2013 CS83, 2013 CE129, 2013 BO76, 2013 BJ18, 2013 AX52, 2012 YL7, 2012 XO111, 2012 VO6, 2011 JR13, 2009 JR5
I93St. Pardon de Conques Obs. in France, 1 in MPEC 2013-E03 -- 2013 EA
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 2 March '13

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2319 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 2 March '13

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

2319Updated Traffic Report
2100Grabbed MPEC 2013-E03 - 2013 EA - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2013-E04 - 2013 EB - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2013-E05 - 2013 EC - see above
1630Grabbed MPEC 2013-E02 - Daily Orbit Update - see above