Contents  on 11 February '20

Asteroid/Comet Connection (A/CC) Resources:

The latest A/CC news is available via framed access, RSS news feed RSS news feed, or redirection.

Navigation tips: Use the << and >> arrows on the menus for each regular section (Observers, Risks, etc.) to move to the previous and next day's news for that section. Use the Index menu item to access specific days through a calendar interface. To keep track of what's new each day, watch the Chronology section.

Radar Astrometry  on 11 February '20

Radar observation of one object

The JPL Solar System Dynamics Group Radar Astrometry database has added or updated the following small-body radar observing work:


Data update noted at 0100 UTC when the database was dated 10 Feb.



Photometry and some astrometry is needed for upcoming radar targets. See Arecibo and Goldstone schedules.

NEOCP Activity  on 11 February '20

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 19 listings

When last checked at 2358 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had nineteen objects listed. Of these, eight were "one nighters." So far The Tracking News has counted a total of 20 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 11 February '20

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2358 UTC, there have been two MPECs posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


MPEC 2020-C130 - "19:26 UT" - Gareth Williams

Quote: "After 30 years of service to the asteroid and comet community, Dr. Gareth Williams is retiring."


<< DOU on 11 February '20 >>  MPEC 2020-C129 - "12:05 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 11 February '20

Eleven observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
251Arecibo in Puerto Rico, 1 in radar -- 2020 CY1
T08ATLAS Mauna Loa in Hawaii, 3 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 163373, 153267, 11405
Z36Cancelada Obs., 1 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 248926
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 4 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 163373, 153267, 138013, 106538
E89Geyserland Obs. in New Zealand, 4 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 163373, 159454, 11405, 5626
J95Great Shefford Obs. in England, 3 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 2020 CH, 2020 BD13, 2020 BC10
C401program code 1 via Kuban State Univ. Obs. in Russia, 2 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 52768, 163373
K91LCO Sutherland A in South Africa, 1 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 2020 CY1
130Lumezzane Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 106538
C95SATINO-1 in France, 1 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 2017 AE5
T12UH/Tholen NEO Follow-Up 2.24m Telescope in Hawaii, 3 in MPEC 2020-C129 -- 2020 BF5, 2020 AN, 2019 QE6
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 11 February '20

At last check (NEODyS 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 11 February '20

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

2000Grabbed MPEC 2020-C130 - Gareth Williams - see above
1630Grabbed MPEC 2020-C129 - Daily Orbit Update - see above
0100Noted Radar Astrometry database update - see above