Contents  on 28 March '13

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Traffic Report  on 28 March '13

Four objects reported inside ten LD

Four asteroids are reported to be within ten lunar distances (LD) of our planet today. Risk-listed 2013 EL89 is inbound from 6.03 to 4.97 LD and radar target 2013 FB8 from 6.30 to 5.13 LD, while 2013 FD8 is outbound from 8.49 to 8.94 LD and 2013 FG exits ten LD, traveling from 8.48 to 10.37 LD.

Next known to be coming to the neighborhood is risk-listed 2010 GM23, which is presently best calculated to arrive inside ten LD on April 10th.

This report was generated at 1415 UTC with follow-up in today's DOU MPEC for 2013 FB8 and observation of distant 2003 FY6.

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 March '13

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 3 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had three objects listed. Of these, two were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of four 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 28 March '13

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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

<< DOU on 28 Mar. '13 >>  MPEC 2013-F56 - "06:01 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 28 March '13

Five observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
K93LCOGT Sutherland C in South Africa, 3 in MPEC 2013-F56 -- 2013 FY13, 2013 FD11, 2012 TF53
A13Naef Obs. in Switzerland, 1 in MPEC 2013-F56 -- 3752
H45Petit Jean Mtn. South Obs. (PJMSO) in Arkansas, 7 in MPEC 2013-F56 -- 2013 FC8, 2013 FB8, 2013 EV108, 2013 EA, 2009 UM3, 2008 SE85, 2001 TA2
E12Siding Spring Survey (SSS) in New South Wales, 2 in MPEC 2013-F56 -- 2013 FY13, 2003 FY6
718Wiggins Obs. in Utah, 1 in MPEC 2013-F56 -- 2013 FB8
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 28 March '13

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 28 March '13

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

1415Generated Traffic Report
1406Grabbed MPEC 2013-F56 - Daily Orbit Update - see above