Contents  on 15 January '17

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Traffic Report  on 15 January '17

One object reported inside ten LD

Today one transient natural object is known to be inside ten lunar distances (LD) of our planet. 2017 AJ13 is headed away from 6.83 to 7.66 LD, while NHATS target 2016 YC8 will arrive inside the ten LD space tomorrow.

This report was generated at 1738 UTC.

Notes: Ten times the distance to the Moon (ten LD) has no astronomical importance but is a useful boundary for reporting on transient natural objects that approach the actually significant gravitational sphere of influence (SOI), which has a radius of about 2.41 LD from Earth's center. This puts a focus on some of the most important and very best NEO observation work, representative of the much larger NEO discovery and tracking effort. Object distances are derived 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 15 January '17

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 46 listings

When last checked at 2358 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had 46 objects listed. Of these, seven were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of 54 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 15 January '17

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 15 Jan. '17 >>  MPEC 2017-A82 - "13:12 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 15 January '17

Six observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
T05ATLAS Haleakala in Hawaii, 7 in MPEC 2017-A82 -- 87684, 54789, 262623, 248083, 137925, 10150, 1036
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2017-A82 -- 433
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 7 in MPEC 2017-A82 -- 2016 XQ23, 2013 LB1, 2012 XE17, 2003 CH11, 85804, 164207, 143624
D29Purple Mtn. Obs. Xuyi Station in China, 2 in MPEC 2017-A82 -- 2005 TF, 203471
G40!M. Kumrucu-Lohmiller in Massachusetts via Canary Islands Obs. in the Canary Islands, 2 in MPEC 2017-A82 -- 2016 YZ10, 2016 YF11
W34Squirrel Valley Obs. in North Carolina, 1 in MPEC 2017-A82 -- 203217
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 15 January '17

At last check (NEODyS and JPL at 2358 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 15 January '17

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

1738Generated Traffic Report
1730Grabbed MPEC 2017-A82 - Daily Orbit Update - see above