Contents  on 8 March '20

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NEOCP Activity  on 8 March '20

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 9 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had nine objects listed. Of these, five were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of ten 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 8 March '20

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.

MPEC 2020-E33 - "15:00 UT" - 2017 KP31

<< DOU on 8 March '20 >>  MPEC 2020-E32 - "12:06 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 8 March '20

Sixteen observers appear in today's MPECs.

CodeObserver / observatory
T08ATLAS Mauna Loa in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 163243
X74Campo dos Amarais Obs., 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 276732
203GiaGa Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 2020 EA
D00ISON Kislovodsk Obs. in Russia, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 52768
695^Spacewatch via Kitt Peak Natl. Obs. (KPNO) in Arizona, 2 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 2020 DB5, 2019 XZ2
C401program code 1 via Kuban State Univ. Obs. in Russia, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 52768
K38M57 Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 2020 DX
Z22MASTER IAC Obs. in the Canary Islands, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 1866
Z80Northolt Branch Obs. in England, 2 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 52768, 333555
233San Vito Obs. in Italy, 4 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 52768, 36284, 137199, 1627
C95SATINO-1 in France, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 2017 KT4
Y00SONEAR in Brazil, 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 85953
L39Spica Obs., 1 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 52768
T12UH/Tholen NEO Follow-Up 2.24m Telescope in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2020-E33 -- 2017 KP31
I15Wishing Star Obs. in Rhode Island, 4 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 448818, 248926, 1981, 1866
I41Zwicky Transient Facility (ZTF) in southern California, 9 in MPEC 2020-E32 -- 2020 DM4, 2019 SH6, 482244, 477524, 388838, 26760, 175189, 136993, 7088
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 8 March '20

Summary Risk Table for Risk Assessments Updated Today   (last checks: NEODyS at 2359 UTC)
See the CRT page for a list of all objects rated recently as risks and our ephemerides page for a list of risk-listed objects under current observation.
The time horizon for JPL and NEODyS listings is 100 years, and both post impact solutions beyond that for some special objects.
For the latest official risk assessments, and for explanations of the terminology, see the NASA/JPL Sentry and NEODyS CLOMON2 risk pages.





Notes for Today's Latest Risk Assessments
2020 DB5JPL Sentry16452033-2118295.306496e-07-3.40-3.830JPL: Computed at 06:30 today Pacific time based on 28 observations spanning 6.9864 days (2020-Feb-29.51672 to 2020-Mar-07.50308). Diameter approximately 0.492 km. from weighted mean H=19.19.

Legend: VI# = VI count, Prob Cum = cumulative probability, PS Cum/Max = cumulative/maximum Palermo Scale, TS = Torino Scale (next 100 years)

An impact solution, also known as a "virtual impactor" (VI), is not a prediction but rather a possibility derived from a variant orbit calculation that cannot be eliminated yet based on the existing data. Elimination can come quickly with just a little further observation or may take weeks or months, sometimes years. Once superceded or eliminated, a former impact solution has zero relevance to an object's risk. See Jon Giorgini's "Understanding Risk Pages" to learn more.

Chronology  on 8 March '20

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

1645Noted that JPL Sentry has updated its 2020 DB5 risk assessment - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2020-E32 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
Grabbed MPEC 2020-E33 - 2017 KP31 - see above