|Wednesday||5 November 2003||9:56pm MST||2003-11-06 UTC 0456|
Voyager 1 news releases
KAIT-TV in Jonesboro, Arkansas reported yesterday about an event just before 10pm local time Monday night — a bright light in the sky (described in various reports as white, yellow, blue, or greenish) and "a large 'boom.'" The Blytheville Courier News also yesterday had an article, "Meteor lands in northeast Arkansas": "The impact caused homes in Craighead and St. Francis counties to shake, and resulted in several small fires in the Jonesboro area." That fires would result is very unlikely, and there are no further such reports.
This morning's reporting includes an Associated Press (AP) wire story (see links above right) that "Researchers from the Center for Earthquake Research and Information in Memphis, Tennessee, are searching for the object in Poinsett County." However, KAIT-TV subsequently reported that a spokesperson for the center had told them, "no such search is underway [but] the Center is doing in-house research on the incident [and] preliminary evidence leads [them] to believe the meteor may have exploded 'somewhere between Newport and Marked Tree.'"
Arkansas headlines (newest first)
The AP story mentions that "An astronomer at the Arkansas Sky Observatory on Petit Jean Mountain saw several bright meteors shooting across the sky Monday night while watching a comet."
Update: See Nov. 7th news
Uttar Pradesh event: There is further news of Sunday's possible meteor fall in Uttar Pradesh, India (see A/CC's first report). NDTV.com has a report today, "Meteorite lands in UP village." And a Press Trust of India story at rediff.com today, "Object that fell from the sky was a meteorite: Scientists," reports on a preliminary examination by a scientist from the Geological Survey of India.
Solar storm: SpaceWeather.com is reporting that the Sun "unleashed another powerful solar flare on Nov. 4th" that may prove to be as large or larger than the largest ever observed from space, going back to 1976 (see SOHO's November 4th Hot Shot
Arecibo Observatory celebrated its 40th anniversary last Saturday with an invitation-only event at the facilities in Puerto Rico. See celebration sites posted by the observatory and by the Cornell University News Service.
Site newsAs noted yesterday, if you dislike frames, you can jump to the latest A/CC News page by using the news2.htm URL which instead uses a meta-tag to redirect you. A third option just implemented is to add the A/CC XML-RSS news feed to a news aggregator and then A/CC headlines and news alerts will come to you. Click on the "Subscribe" button to visit a site that will help you to get set up.
Update: The JPL NEOs Removed from Impact Risks Tables page is showing that 2003 TH2 was removed at 8:15pm this evening, Pasadena time, which was early on the 6th UTC.
Earlier reporting: The Minor Planet Center (MPC) didn't post a Daily Orbit Update MPEC this morning. The NEO discovery and follow-up process slows during the time of full Moon, which is around when the MPC also turns its attention to publishing the monthly Minor Planet Circulars (MPCs) for its subscribers.
JPL today still hasn't updated its 2003 TH2 risk assessment with yesterday morning's new Arecibo radar data from October 30th.
As of today, 2003 UM3 has been dropped from A/CC's daily Summary Risk Table (above right) and Consolidated Risk Tables (CRT) as this object is no longer under active observation and analysis, and is effectively lost. From an observing arc of less than 25 hours more than two weeks ago, NEODyS is showing that UM3's next Earth approach may come eight years from now.