Contents  on 6 August '20

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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.

NEOCP Activity  on 6 August '20

The MPC's NEO Confirmation Page has 30 listings

When last checked at 2000 UTC today, the Minor Planet Center's Near Earth Object discovery Confirmation Page (NEOCP) had 30 objects listed. Of these, ten 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 6 August '20

Minor Planet Electronic Circulars

As of last check at 2000 UTC, there has been one MPEC posted today from the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Massachusetts.


<< DOU on 6 August '20 >>  MPEC 2020-P21 - "12:05 UT" - Daily Orbit Update

Observers  on 6 August '20

Fifteen observers appear in today's MPEC.

CodeObserver / observatory
U71AHS Obs., 3 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2014 LW21, 2006 HB, 500094
160Castelmartini Obs. in Italy, 9 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2020 MX3, 2018 LM4, 505657, 468730, 420302, 380128, 354952, 145656, 137108
595Farra d'Isonzo Obs. in Italy, 1 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2020 NM1
203GiaGa Obs. in Italy, 4 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2020 OT, 2020 NF, 2020 HS8, 2019 AN5
A17Guidestar Obs. in Germany, 9 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 66008, 480936, 428086, 420302, 144411, 137108, 105140, 9162, 1685
C401program code 1 via Kuban State Univ. Obs. in Russia, 1 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 85275
Z43Landehen Obs., 2 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 500094, 308043
K38M57 Obs. in Italy, 2 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2020 OE4, 2020 HS8
F51Pan-STARRS 1 (PS1) in Hawaii, 2 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2010 RE12, 163902
F52Pan-STARRS 2 (PS2) in Hawaii, 5 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2020 OR, 2020 OL5, 2011 SF3, 85804, 477519
L18QOS Obs., 6 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2014 LW21, 2006 UD63, 2006 HB, 2003 BK47, 90147, 85275
C95SATINO-1 in France, 1 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2009 FY29
C51WISE in Earth polar orbit, 1 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 106589
I15Wishing Star Obs. in Rhode Island, 2 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 85275, 500094
I41Zwicky Transient Facility in southern California, 1 in MPEC 2020-P21 -- 2063
For a list of all participating observatories that have Web addresses, see A/CC's Observatory Links page.

Impact Risk Monitoring  on 6 August '20

Summary Risk Table for Risk Assessments Updated Today   (last checks: NEODyS at 2000 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.
0000NNN000

Object

Risk
Monitor
When
Noted
UTC
0000T0000
Year
Range

VI
#
000NN00
Prob
Cum
T0000
PS
Cum
T0000
PS
Max

T
S


Notes for Today's Latest Risk Assessments
2020 FT3JPL Sentry20002089-2119133.638261e-05-3.80-3.830JPL: Computed at 10:03 April 27th Pacific time based on 42 observations spanning 34.607 days (2020-Mar-22.30472 to 2020-Apr-25.91201). Diameter approximately 0.079 km. from weighted mean H=23.16.
2017 QC36JPL Sentry20002024-2119614.837167e-07-5.16-5.530JPL: Computed at 13:16 Dec. 18th of 2019 Pacific time based on 7 observations spanning .45854 days (2017-Aug-18.60031 to 2017-Aug-19.05885). Diameter approximately 0.083 km. from weighted mean H=23.07.
2016 PA79JPL Sentry20002037-2102101.06271e-08-7.57-8.160JPL: Computed at 21:05 April 9th of 2017 Pacific time based on 6 observations spanning .80446 days (2016-Aug-08.56217 to 2016-Aug-09.366628). Diameter approximately 0.047 km. from weighted mean H=24.31.

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 6 August '20

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

2000Noted that JPL Sentry has updated its 2016 PA79 risk assessment - see above
Noted that JPL Sentry has updated its 2017 QC36 risk assessment - see above
Noted that JPL Sentry has updated its 2020 FT3 risk assessment - see above
1600Grabbed MPEC 2020-P21 - Daily Orbit Update - see above