Contents  on 17 November '13

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Traffic Report  on 17 November '13

Two objects reported inside ten LD

There are two objects reported to be traveling within a radius of ten lunar distances (LD) from our home planet today. Inside Earth's Hill sphere, radar target 2001 AV43 moves in from 3.33 to 3.04 LD and, out further, 2013 VK13 is inbound from 9.98 to 8.83 LD. On approach next, radar target 2013 NJ arrives inside ten LD on November 19th.

This report was generated at 1638 UTC. No DOU MPEC has been issued yet today.

Notes: Ten times the distance to the Moon (ten LD) has no astronomical significance but is a useful reporting boundary. Earth's Hill sphere (of gravitational influence) is estimated to extend out to around 3.89 LD. 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 17 November '13

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 3 listings

When last checked at 2358 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 17 November '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. No Daily Orbit Update DOU MPEC has been posted yet, so visit the MPC Status Page for possible explanation.

MPEC 2013-W04 - "16:28 UT" - 2006 ST131

Observers  on 17 November '13

One observer appears in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
5682David Tholen's team on Mauna Kea in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2013-W04 -- 2006 ST131
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 17 November '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 17 November '13

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

1638Grabbed MPEC 2013-W04 - 2006 ST131 - see above
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