Contents  on 24 August '18

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Traffic Report  on 24 August '18

Three objects reported inside ten LD

Three asteroidal objects are reported inside ten lunar distances (LD) of Earth today. Nearest is risk-listed 2018 QE, which travels out from 4.76 to 5.59 LD.

Neighborhood Traffic - sorted by Earth passage distance, grouped by 5.0 & 10.0 LD boundaries
Earth passage I D ~Size Distance today  Inside ten LD Notes
2.80 LD Aug. 20 2018 QE 9 m  4.76 to 5.59 LD Aug. 10 - 29 NHATS target, risk
7.80 LD yesterday 2018 PU23 8 m  7.80 to 7.81 LD Aug. 7 - Sept. 13 NHATS target, risk
9.36 LD Aug. 27 2018 LQ2 37 m  9.41 from 9.45 LD Aug. 17 - Sept. 6 NHATS target - DOU
Approaching Traffic
4.22 LD Aug. 29 1998 SD9 49 m  11.18 from 13.45 LD tomorrow - Sept. 2 radar target

This report was generated at 1810 UTC with follow-up in today's DOU MPEC for inbound 2018 LQ2 and departed objects 2018 QZ and 2018 PO20.

Notes: Ten times the distance to the Moon (ten LD) has no astronomical importance but is a useful boundary for reporting about transient natural objects that approach our planet's 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 temporal 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 24 August '18

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 29 listings

When last checked at 2359 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had 29 objects listed. Of these, nine were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of 32 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 24 August '18

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

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

<< DOU on 24 Aug. '18 >>  MPEC 2018-Q67 - "12:04 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 24 August '18

Fourteen observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
H21Astronomical Research Obs. Westfield in Illinois, 14 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 QE1, 2018 QA1, 2018 PZ23, 2018 PX7, 2018 PV10, 2018 PO20, 2018 NR, 2018 NO4, 2018 MM8, 2018 LZ5, 2017 QG33, 2013 YB38, 497174, 308043
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 65706, 9856
K88GINOP-KHK in Hungary, 1 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 QE1
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 2 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 QZ, 2018 PW7
W19Kalamazoo Obs. in Michigan, 1 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 719
I41Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) in southern California, 3 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2009 SX1, 65996, 283729
D29Purple Mtn. Obs. Xuyi Station in China, 10 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 NB, 2015 AX16, 2012 UV27, 2005 CJ, 2004 QB17, 2002 PH80, 2001 QA143, 65733, 457260, 5143
C95SATINO-1 in France, 1 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 1999 RB32
W34Squirrel Valley Obs. in North Carolina, 2 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 LQ2, 418929
Z52The Studios Obs., 2 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 13553, 6456
T12UH/Tholen NEO Follow-Up 2.24m Telescope in Hawaii, 1 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 PQ10
L01Visnjan Obs., 1 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 QE1
C51WISE in Earth polar orbit, 1 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 2018 QE1
I15Wishing Star Obs. in Rhode Island, 3 in MPEC 2018-Q67 -- 86324, 138847, 719
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 24 August '18

At last check (NEODyS 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 24 August '18

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

1810Generated Traffic Report
1500Grabbed MPEC 2018-Q67 - Daily Orbit Update - see above