Contents  on 3 May '13

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Traffic Report  on 3 May '13

One object reported inside ten LD

One asteroid is to be inside a radius of ten lunar distances (LD) from Earth today, as little 2013 GH66 slowly chugs away from us, moving from 9.24 to 9.65 LD. There isn't another object predicted to come this close until late July.

This report was generated at 1533 UTC with observation of 2013 GB55 from mid-April 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 3 May '13

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 20 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had 20 objects listed. Of these, fifteen were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of 22 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 3 May '13

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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

<< DOU on 3 May '13 >>  MPEC 2013-J11 - "06:03 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

MPEC 2013-J10 - "01:40 UT" - Comet P/2013 EV9 (Spacewatch)

Observers  on 3 May '13

A total of 20 observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 13 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 HS11, 2013 HP11, 2013 HO11, 2013 GZ79, 2013 GY68, 2013 GV79, 2013 GV68, 2013 GU79, 2013 GQ38, 2013 GE84, 2013 GC34, 2007 EF, 1993 RA
C77Bernezzo Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 242643
703Catalina Sky Survey (CSS) in Arizona, 7 in MPECs 2013-J10 & 2013-J11 -- P/2013 EV9, 2013 EU9, 2013 EA, 2012 TA219, 2009 SC15, 2008 VN, 2001 GQ2
G58Chabot Obs. in northern California, 4 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 HP11, 2013 HN11, 2013 GR38, 2013 GQ38
C73Galati Obs. in Romania, 7 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 GQ38, 2011 WU95, 2010 GY6, 361538, 354952, 163696, 7350
704LINEAR in New Mexico, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 242643
J131National Schools Obs. via the Liverpool Telescope in the Canary Islands, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 GB55
5682David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 GF84
711McDonald Obs. in Texas, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2000 EU70
G96Mt. Lemmon Survey (MLS) in Arizona, 6 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 EU9, 2012 QQ50, 2012 QO10, 25143, 137925, 4486
644NEAT's Mt. Palomar telescope in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2013-J10 -- P/2013 EV9
F51Pan-STARRS 1 in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 1917
D29Purple Mtn. Obs. Xuyi Station in China, 4 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2011 WU95, 350462, 8014, 1917
D90`Kevin Hills in England via RAS Obs. Moorook in South Australia, 2 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 HJ19, 2013 HH19
233San Vito Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 242643
G401program code 1 via Canary Islands Obs. in the Canary Islands, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 359592
J84South Obs. in England, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 242643
691Spacewatch 0.9m telescope in Arizona, 2 in MPECs 2013-J10 & 2013-J11 -- 2013 GV68, P/2013 EV9
291Spacewatch 1.8m telescope in Arizona, 14 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 HS11, 2013 HR11, 2013 GY7, 2013 GX68, 2013 GU79, 2013 GS38, 2013 GG69, 2013 GF69, 2013 GC34, 2013 CE129, 2013 BW76, 2013 BJ18, 2010 CE55, 2003 KO2
718Wiggins Obs. in Utah, 1 in MPEC 2013-J11 -- 2013 GR38
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 3 May '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 3 May '13

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

1533Generated Traffic Report
1531Grabbed MPEC 2013-J11 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
0406Grabbed MPEC 2013-J10 - Comet P/2013 EV9 (Spacewatch) - see above