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Dec 20, 2015

Where Have Gone you 2015 YB...I am where I should be the inner main-belt

There has been much talk on social media about a bus-size asteroid designate "2015 YB". What made 2015 YB newsworthy was that "know" astrometry(observational data)  when use for orbital calculation generated orbital elements (if valid) predicted a close approach of less than 0.2 lunar distances to Earth. However some of the observational data was erroneous. When other observers from around the try to do followup observation they could not find 2015 YB and starred asking why it was not where it would be if its orbital elements where if valid. So the bad observations where withdrawn, pre-discovery observations located and the designation 2015 YB was retracted  the object was returnd to the NEOCP under its observer-assigned temporary designations.  With the additional observations orbital elements could be generated that show that it has a  Hungaria-type orbit so it is not a NEO. On 2015-12-19 using the new orbital elements  I was able to image a object make observations and report  the observations.  Note objects on the NEOCP are  "preliminary until they appear on an MPEC or MPS" when the new designation  appears on an MPEC or MPS I will publish my images.

However  the designation was retracted  on Friday night (of weekend near Christmas) and  the close approach would have been hours away so many people did not get the word  and (most likely) pre-written stories where post to the net, and then the stories whould be share and re-share. JPL has remove the "phantom" 2015 YB from there web page... they shoud it is  not "real" when  more confirming observations come in to show that it is "real"  the object will get a designation and appear on an MPEC or MPS it will be put back on the JPL web page( I do not work there can not say why it would not be there).

It did not hit the Erth, the two(2014 AA and 2008 TC3) SMALL "asteroid" that where known before hiting Earth have designations and can be found on JPL web page (2014 AA and 2008 TC3) .

Dec 19, 2015

Asteroid 2015 YB an Asteroid that will NOT brush by the Earth on 2015-12-19

As amateur astronomer I enjoy making and observation reporting asteroids and comets. When they are in the news it makes it  more enjoyble. On 2015-12-17 read  a messages from Bill Gray of Project Pluto on the The Minor Planet Mailing List {MPML} about an interesting object on the  NEO Confirmation Page. Later in the day The Minor Planet Center issue Minor Planet Electronic Circular(MPEC): MPEC 2015-Y15 : 2015 YB announcing the discovery 2015 YB.  What made 2015 YB an interesting object is the it would have  passed with in 0.2 Lunar Distances of Eath. Goldstone  requested astrometry to aid in their radar observations of 2015 YB.

So I gave it a go  first did run of 30 - 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on on itelescope.net's  (TEL T18 0.32-m f/8.0 astrograph + CCD) at AstroCamp Observatory. Nerpio, Spain (MPC Code I89) however I had a bad  set of orbital elements. Leter on 2015-12-18 with better set of orbital elements did second  run 30 - 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images (T18) with no luck. Then I try a run  14 - 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on on itelescope.net's (TEL T24 0.61-m f/6.5 astrograph + CCD)  Auberry California USA - MPC U69. It was time for bed I call it a night.

 On the monring of the 2015-12-18 I check MPEC 2015-Y19 : DAILY ORBIT UPDATE (2015 DEC. 18 UT) and saw that there were no new observations of  2015 YB and then check the NEOCP Blog and found that other observers could not find "2015 YB".  It turn out that an observer reported observations that where false detections.  On 2015-12-19 MPEC 2015-Y31 : RETRACTION OF 2015 YB was issue, stating that the designation 2015 YB was being retracted, poor observations being thrown out, object was returnd to the NEOCP under its observer-assigned temporary designations, other technical details, and that it had Hungaria-type orbit (not a NEO so no brush by the Earth on 2015-12-19 )

I was hoping make blog post showing images of Asteroid 2015 YB and tell you about how it will  brush by the Earth on 2015-12-19. However I can not because I will not. 

I am part of community of independent observers and that is the real enjoyment.









Nov 6, 2015

Confirmation images of Comet C/2015 V2 (JOHNSON) on 2015-11-04

The comet C/2015 V2 (JOHNSON) was discovered on 2015-11-03 by  Jess A. Johnson at the Catalina Sky Survey( MPC Code 703).  While C/2015 V2 (JOHNSON) was on the Possible Comet Confirmation Page in an effort to help in the confirmation  I obtain a total of  18-- 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images (in two runs) on itelescope.net's   (TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer) at Mayhill, New Mexico (New Mexico Skies) - MPC H06 and created 4 stacks of  4 images with Astrometrica.
Confirmation image of Comet C/2015 V2 (JOHNSON) on 2015-11-04 05:18:08 (UTC)
4 x 60 Sec Stacked @ 0.292 "/min P.A. 13.7 MPC Code H06 using itelescope.net's
(TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer) (c) Steven M. Tilley
Confirmation image of Comet C/2015 V2 (JOHNSON) on 2015-11-04 05:23:13 (UTC)
4 x 60 Sec Stacked @ 0.292 "/min P.A. 13.7 MPC Code H06 using itelescope.net's
(TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)(c) Steven M. Tilley
Confirmation image of Comet C/2015 V2 (JOHNSON) on 2015-11-04 07:00:27 (UTC)
4 x 60 Sec Stacked @ 0.292 "/min P.A. 13.1 MPC Code H06 using itelescope.net's
(TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)(c) Steven M. Tilley
Confirmation image of Comet C/2015 V2 (JOHNSON) on 2015-11-04 07:08:00 (UTC)
4 x 60 Sec Stacked @ 0.292"/min P.A. 13.1 MPC Code H06 using itelescope.net's
(TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)(c) Steven M. Tilley

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Oct 27, 2015

The Asteroid 2015 TB145


 Background
(as of 2015-10-26) 
A 120 Second Luminance BIN2 image of the asteroid 2015 TB145 taken on 2015-10-22 from AstroCamp Observatory. Nerpio, Spain - (MPC Code - I89) itelescope.net's (TEL T7 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD)
(C) Steven M. Tilley
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The asteroid 2015 TB145 45 x 60 Sec Stacked @ 0.371 "/min P.A. 28.6 MPC Code Q62 using itelescope.net's
(TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD) 2015-10-24 14:12:09 UTC
(c) Steven M. Tilley

The Asteroid 2015 TB145 on 2015-10-24

 Part 1:
40 Second(typo) 40-60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD) at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) 0n 2015-10-24 from 13:44 to 14:37 UTC
Part 2:
Astrometrica object verification window moving object detection 4-60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images Taken with iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD) at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) 0n 2015-10-24 from 13:38 to 14:42 UTC
Part 3
A 45x60 Sec Stacked @ 0.371 "/min P.A. 28.6 MPC Code Q62 on (T27) 2015-10-24 (C) Steven M. Tilley

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Oct 2, 2015

The Recovery on 2nd Opposition of the Asteroid 2011 YS62 From 2015-09-26 To 2015-09-28


 Observing Runs Looking for 2011 YS62 from 2015-08-26 to 2015-08-28


When it comes to target selection there two criteria I use first is would additional observations be useful, the second is the target in range of the telescope's capability. To find targets I check one or all of the lists (see below) and see if the target is range of the telescope's capability (if it is important I will push the limit of the range) Then I will plan an observing run.  Recently I checked the Arecibo Asteroid Schedule and I saw they had requested optical astrometry for 2011 YS62.  At the time this asteroid had a data-arc span of 89 days and had been unobserved for 1314 days (3.597 years)

First Night 
I first did run of 15 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27), with no luck,. Next I used  Find_Orb to generate new orbital elements with Epoch  2015 Sep 26.0  and did a another run 15. I also used  Find_Orb's Monte Carlo function to generate a lot of clones(virtual asteroids) orbital elements and then manually add them to Astrometrica's MPCOrb.dat file. Then  I created 3 stacks of  5 images and found a moving object near the known object box of one of the clones. I assigned  a temporary designation to the object and  submitted night one's observations to the Minor Planet Center. 

Astrometrica object verification window a stack (1 of  3 First Night )  a  stacks 5 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (2 of  3 First Night )  a  stacks 5 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (1 of  3 First Night )  a  stacks 5 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Second Night
Using Find_Orb I generated two orbits one was with just night one’s observations, the other with 2011 YS62 and night one's observations (“updated orbit”) and manually replaced the "clones" orbital elements.  Next I  ran a series of 6-120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on  itelescope.net's (TEL T27) and  created a stacks of  5 images and found an object at the  known object  box for  the "updated orbit".  Then I ran a second run of 6 images and created a stack of 5 and saw that the object was moving.  Later on I ran another run of 15 images and created a 3 more stacks of 5 images. I assigned a (new) temporary designation to the object and submitted the second night’s observations to the Minor Planet Center.  Shortly thereafter the object was listed on the NEO Confirmation Page.              
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (1 of  5 Second Night )  a  stacks 5 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (2 of  5 Second Night )  a  stacks 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (3 of  5 Second Night )  a  stacks 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (4 of  5 Second Night )  a  stacks 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (3 of  5 Second Night )  a  stacks 5- 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Third Night
I did the same orbit  update has I did the night before then, I obtain 32--120 Second Luminance BIN2 images with itelescope.net's (TEL T27) and created 3 stacks of  10  image and  submitted  the third night observations to the Minor Planet Center using the designation that was on the NEO Confirmation Page.
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (1 of  3 First Night )  a  stacks 10 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (2 of  3 First Night )  a  stacks 10 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
Astrometrica object verification window a stack (3 of  3 First Night )  a  stacks 10 - 120 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
On 2015 Sept. 28 the Minor Planet Center issued MPEC 2015-S102: 2011 YS62  with the observations from the three nights of and updated orbital elements.

 Background
(as of 2015-09-30)
  •  Object: 2011 YS62
  • Approximate Diameter: 310 m - 680 m (1017.06 feet to 2230.97 feet) ( Absolute Magnitude:  H=  19.7 )
  •  Orbit Type: Amor
  • First Observed was made  on: 2011 12 29.15398
  • First Observed  By: Pan-STARRS 1 (MPC Code F51) 
  •  Assignment of asterisk: Catalina Sky Survey (MPC Code 703) For infomation on how discoverer is defined read MPEC 2010-U20 : EDITORIAL NOTICE
  •  Last Observed: 2015 09 28.58389
  •  Data-Arc Span: 1405 days (3.85 yr) 
  •  Number Oppositions :2
  •  Number of Observations Made:  85
  • Next Close-Approach:  Will safely pass Earth on  2015-Nov-2 at Nominal Distance of 0.0914513682160852 AU (35.59(LD)) or 8,500,935.758 miles or ( 13,680,929.957 KM)
  • On the Goldstone Asteroid Schedule: NO
  • On the Arecibo Asteroid Schedule:  YES,  Dates: 2015 Nov 29 (Request Optical Astrometry: No(It was request before recovery was made), Request Optical  Lightcurve:NO, Request Optical Characterization NO)
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Sep 19, 2015

The Asteroid 2015 RS1 on 2015-09-13



The Asteroid 2015 RS1 (Orbit Type:Amor [NEO])
60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images taken with
 itelescope.net's
(TEL T21 0.43-m f/6.8 astrograph + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)
Mayhill, New Mexico (New Mexico Skies) - MPC H06
 on 2015-09-13 From 03:22 to 04:11 (UTC)

(C) Steven M. Tilley Other

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Sep 8, 2015

Confirmation Images of the Asteroid 2015 RV1 on 2015-09-05

The Near-Earth Object 2015 RV1 (Orbit type: Amor ) was first observed at ISON-SSO Observatory, Siding Spring. (MPC code Q60) by L. Elenin. using a 0.4-m f/2.4 reflector + CCD. on 2015 09 04.44091. The asteroid has an approximate diameter 270 m to 750 m ( Absolute Magnitude:  H= 19.722)  The asteroid's  Earth MOID (Minimum Orbit Intersection Distance) is  0.360167 AU (140.167 Lunar Distances). The last published Observations was made at: 2015 09 07.9515. At the time of this  post 62 observations have been made.

Observing Run of  2015 RV1 on 2015-09-05  from Siding Spring, Australia 

While 2015 RV1 was on the NEO Confirmation Page in an effort to help in the confirmation I was able to obtain 18--- 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on itelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD) , at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) and did did data reduction on four images.(working around stars)

Astrometrica object verification wind a (5 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
Astrometrica object verification wind a (9 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley

Astrometrica object verification wind a (13 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley

Astrometrica object verification wind a (17 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley

Incidentals
43298 (2000 GL67)
Astrometrica object verification wind a (5 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
 
Astrometrica object verification wind a (9 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley

Astrometrica object verification wind a (13 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
Astrometrica object verification wind a (17 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
91472 (1999 RY91)
Astrometrica object verification wind a (5 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
Astrometrica object verification wind a (9 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
Astrometrica object verification wind a (13 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
Astrometrica object verification wind a (17 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
352195 (2007 RQ249)
Astrometrica object verification wind a (5 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
 
Astrometrica object verification wind a (9 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
Astrometrica object verification wind a (13 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
Astrometrica object verification wind a (17 of 18) 60 Second Luminance BIN2 Images on iTelescope.net's (TEL T27 0.70-m f/6.6 CDK astrograph + CCD)  at Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
by Steven M. Tilley
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