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Oct 1, 2018

September 2018 In NEO News in Review


The Japanese Space Agency,JAXA,  successfully landed two small robotic rovers on the asteroid Ryugu.

JPL Close Approach Data for September 2018  Distance Nominal <  1  Lunar Distance
Object Close-Approach (CA) Date
CA Distance Nominal 
(LD | au)
CA Distance Minimum 
 (LD | au)
H (mag) Estimated Diameter
2018 SM 2018-Sep-15  0.11 | 0.00028 0.11 | 0.00028 29.4 3.5 m -  7.9 m
2018 RZ5 2018-Sep-12 0.13 | 0.00033 0.13 | 0.00033 29.7 3.1 m -  6.9 m
2018 SD2 2018-Sep-25 0.23 | 0.00059 0.23 | 0.00058 28.6 5.0 m -   11 m
2018 RS 2018-Sep-05  0.28 | 0.00071 0.27 | 0.00071 29.5 3.4 m -  7.6 m
2018 RJ3 2018-Sep-07  0.44 | 0.00112 0.43 | 0.00112 27.8 7.2 m -   16 m
2018 RW 2018-Sep-08  0.44 | 0.00114 0.44 | 0.00114 30.3 2.3 m -  5.2 m
2018 RY5 2018-Sep-12  0.47 | 0.00120 0.47 | 0.00120 26.5 13 m -   30 m
2018 RC 2018-Sep-09 0.58 | 0.00150 0.58 | 0.00150 24.9 28 m -   63 m
2018 SC 2018-Sep-18  0.70 | 0.00179 0.70 | 0.00179 27.9 6.9 m -   16 m
2018 RR1 2018-Sep-03  0.94 | 0.00243 0.94 | 0.00242 29.9 2.7 m -  6.1 m
2018 RE2 2018-Sep-06  0.99 | 0.00255 0.99 | 0.00254 28.5 5.4 m -   12 m

Objects removed from JPL's Sentry: Earth Impact Monitoring page.

Object Designation Removed (UTC)
2018 RB7 9/29/2018 15:26
2018 RJ7 9/22/2018 16:11
2018 RP5 9/16/2018 15:06
2018 RQ1 9/16/2018 15:00
2018 RH3 9/15/2018 16:06
2018 RT3 9/15/2018 16:04
2018 RE5 9/14/2018 15:18
2018 PY7 9/12/2018 15:02
2018 RP 9/09/2018 15:07
2018 MC7 9/07/2018 14:50
2018 RC 9/06/2018 15:04
2018 QJ1 9/03/2018 14:43

Highlights of My Work for September 2018   

A confirmation image of the NEO 2018 RQ1(ZR388AE)
on 2018-09-08 from Siding Spring Observatory, 
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) 
a stack of 60-30 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T31) 
by Steven M. Tilley

An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-09 from 
Siding Spring Observatory, 
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) 
a stack of 22-30 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30) 
by Steven M. Tilley
An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-10 
from Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California (MPC U69) 
a stack of 14-30 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T24) 
By Steven M. Tilley



Object I observed in September 2018 
Designation Classification MPC Code Telescope Date of  observations Number of  observations
2046 Main Belt Q62 T17 9/2/2018 3
61324 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
61324 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
61417 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
61417 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
71460 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
71460 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
73540 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
73540 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
80076 Main Belt H06 T11 9/14/2018 3
83105 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
84966 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/8/2018 3
128837 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/8/2018 3
157941 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
173394 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
173394 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
197120 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
209101 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
231098 Main Belt Q62 T17 9/2/2018 3
253061 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
331431 Main Belt Q62 T31 9/8/2018 3
523788 NEO(Apollo) Q62 T17 9/30/2018 3
1998 SD9 NEO(Aten) H06 t11 9/1/2018 3
2018 RB NEO(Apollo, PHA) Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
2018 RB NEO(Apollo, PHA) Q62 T31 9/1/2018 3
2018 RB NEO(Apollo, PHA) Q62 T17 9/2/2018 3
2018 RP8 NEO(Aten) H06 T21 9/17/2018 4
2018 RQ1 NEO(Aten) Q62 T31 9/8/2018 3
2018 RQ1 NEO(Aten) Q62 T30 9/9/2018 3
2018 RQ1 NEO(Aten) H06 T11 9/10/2018 3
2018 RQ1 NEO(Aten) U69 T24 9/10/2018 3
21P/Giacobini-Zinner Comet H06 T11 9/14/2018 3
46P/Wirtanen Comet Q62 T17 9/22/2018 4
Total 101

Sep 24, 2018

The Comet 46P/Wirtanen on 2018-09-22 from (MPC Q62)


The Comet 46P/Wirtanen
on 2018-09-22 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
The Comet 46P/Wirtanen
on 2018-09-22 from Siding Spring Observatory, 
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) 
a stack of 15 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17) 
By Steven M. Tilley
The Comet 46P/Wirtanen
on 2018-09-22 from Siding Spring Observatory, 
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) 
a stack of 15 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17) 
By Steven M. Tilley
The Comet 46P/Wirtanen
on 2018-09-22 from Siding Spring Observatory, 
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62) 
a stack of 15 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17) 
By Steven M. Tilley
The Comet 46P/Wirtanen
on 2018-09-22 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack(Add) of 60 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
The Comet 46P/Wirtanen
on 2018-09-22 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack(Average) of 60 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
The Comet 46P/Wirtanen
on 2018-09-22 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack(Median) of 60 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
These observations were made in support of the PACA_46P/Wirtanen campaign

Sep 20, 2018

Confirmation images of the NEO 2018 RP8

The NEO(Aten) 2018 RP8 (approximate diameters 320 m - 710 m [ 1049.87 foot -  2329.4 foot]) was first observed by ATLAS HKO (Asteroid Terrestrial-Impact Last Alert System)  on 2018-09-15. The observations were submitted to the Minor Planet Center(MPC) in Cambridge, Massachusetts using the observer-assigned temporary designation A108wr0. This "new" asteroid was posted to the NEO Confirmation Page(NEOCP) informing observers around the world that "A108wr0" needed confirmation observations.  In an  effort to help in the confirmation  I obtain 60-15 Second Luminance BIN2 taken using  iTelescope.net's(T21).


I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 4 sets(stacks) of  15 images.  Each image was shifted match movement of  A108wr0.
.

Confirmation image of the NEOCP(NEO Confirmation Page)object A108wr0 (now 2018 RP8)
from Mayhill, New Mexico 
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 
15-15 second luminance BIN2 images
 taken with iTelescope.net's (T21)
By Steven M. Tilleyn
Confirmation image of the NEOCP(NEO Confirmation Page)object A108wr0 (now 2018 RP8)
from Mayhill, New Mexico 
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 
15-15 second luminance BIN2 images
 taken with iTelescope.net's (T21)
By Steven M. Tilleyn
Confirmation image of the NEOCP(NEO Confirmation Page)object A108wr0 (now 2018 RP8)
from Mayhill, New Mexico 
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 
15-15 second luminance BIN2 images
 taken with iTelescope.net's (T21)
By Steven M. Tilleyn
Confirmation image of the NEOCP(NEO Confirmation Page)object A108wr0 (now 2018 RP8)
from Mayhill, New Mexico 
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 
15-15 second luminance BIN2 images
 taken with iTelescope.net's (T21)
By Steven M. Tilleyn
Confirmation image of the NEOCP(NEO Confirmation Page)object A108wr0 (now 2018 RP8)
from Mayhill, New Mexico 
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 
60-15 second luminance BIN2 images
 taken with iTelescope.net's (T21)
By Steven M. Tilleyn
I submitted my observations to the  Minor Planet Center(MPC).

On 2018 Sept. 8 at 21:42 UTC the MPC Issued MPEC 2018-S25 : 2018 RP8 assigning the objet the provisonal designation 2018 RP8.

How Are Minor Planets Named?

Sep 15, 2018

Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner on 2018-09-14 from Mayhill, New Mexico


Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner on 2018-09-14 from Mayhill, New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 60-30 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)

Credits

The targeting information was obtained from the
The Minor Planet Center (MPC)
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/

The images where taken with iTelescope.net's
(TEL T11 0.50-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD + f/4.5 focal reducer)Mayhill, New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)

http://iTelescope.Net/

The observations were made in support of the PACA_21/GZ campaign

https://www.facebook.com/ThePACAProject/

Image blinking and 1st stacked image was done with CCDStack2


http://www.ccdware.com/

Data reduction, the stacked images, and the object verification windows was done with Astrometrica

http://www.astrometrica.at/

The data was examine with the help of
Find_Orb Orbit determination software - Project Pluto

http://www.projectpluto.com/find_orb.htm

Music: Good Starts by Jingle Punks from YouTube Audio Library
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NstTz8iyl-c

(c) Steven M. Tilley

http://lagniappeobserving.com

Sep 10, 2018

More Follow-up Observations of 2018 RQ1


The NEO(Aten) 2018 RQ1 (approximate diameters 39 m - 88 m [127.953 foot - 288.7139 foot]) was first observed by the Catalina Sky Survey on 2018-09-07. As of 2018-09-10 2018 RQ1 as a data-arc span of 72.77 hr with 44 published observations. 2018 RQ1 is listed on the NASA/JPL Sentry and NEODyS CLOMON2 risk pages.(as of 2018-09-10) In an effort to help with the improvement of the known orbit I booked imaging runs on iTelescope.net's T11 and T24 of 60-30 second luminance BIN2 images each.

I was able to obtain 20 images from T11. I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 3 sets(stacks) of 6 images. Each image was shifted match the movement of 2018 RQ1.

An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-10
from Mayhill, New Mexico
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)
a stack of 6-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)
By Steven M. Tilley

An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-10 
from Mayhill, New Mexico 
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 
a stack of 6-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11) 
By Steven M. Tilley
An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-10 
from Mayhill, New Mexico 
[New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06) 
a stack of 6-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11) 
By Steven M. Tilley
I was able to obtain 49 images from T24. I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 3 sets(stacks) of 14 images. I had work around the meridian flip.

An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-10 
from Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California (MPC U69) 
a stack of 14-30 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T24) 
By Steven M. Tilley
An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-10 
from Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California (MPC U69) 
a stack of 14-30 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T24) 
By Steven M. Tilley
An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-10 
from Sierra Remote Observatory, Auberry, California (MPC U69) 
a stack of 14-30 second luminance BIN2 images 
taken with iTelescope.net's (T24) 
By Steven M. Tilley
see
Accessible NEA(Object/Trajectory Details for 2018 RQ1)

Sep 9, 2018

Follow-up Observations of 2018 RQ1

The NEO(Aten) 2018 RQ1 (approximate diameters 39 m - 88 m [127.953 foot - 288.7139 foot]) was first observed by the Catalina Sky Survey on 2018-09-07.  As of 2018-09-09 2018 RQ1 as a data-arc span of 31.5 hr with 22 published observations. 2018 RQ1 is listed on the NASA/JPL Sentry and NEODyS CLOMON2 risk pages.(as of 2018-09-09) In an  effort to help with the improvement  of the known orbit I had iTelescope.net's(T30) start taking images and was able to obtain 22-30 Second Luminance BIN2. I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 3 sets(stacks) of  7 images.  Each image was shifted match the movement of  2018 RQ1.

An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-09 from
Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 22-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
by Steven M. Tilley

An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-09 from
Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 7-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
by Steven M. Tilley

An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-09 from
Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 7-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
by Steven M. Tilley


An image of the NEO 2018 RQ1
on 2018-09-09 from
Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 7-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
by Steven M. Tilley



see
Accessible NEA(Object/Trajectory Details for 2018 RQ1)

Confirmation images of the NEO 2018 RQ1

The NEO(Aten) 2018 RQ1 (approximate diameters 39 m - 88 m [127.953 foot - 288.7139 foot]) was first observed by the Catalina Sky Survey on 2018-09-07. It was posted to the NEO Confirmation Page(NEOCP) under the observer-assigned temporary designations "ZR388AE"  In an  effort to help in the confirmation I obtain 60-30 Second Luminance BIN2 taken using  iTelescope.net's(T31).

Orbit diagram for 2018 RQ1
Earth Distance: 0.031 au
Sun Distance: 1.025 au
2018-09-08 16:25 UTC
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018RQ1

Orbit diagram for 2018 RQ1
Earth Distance: 0.031 au
Sun Distance: 1.025 au
2018-09-08 16:25 UTC
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018RQ1

Orbit diagram for 2018 RQ1
Earth Distance: 0.031 au
Sun Distance: 1.025 au
2018-09-08 16:25 UTC
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018RQ1

I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 3 sets(stacks) of  20 images.  Each image was shifted match movement of  2018 RQ1(ZR388AE).

A confirmation image of the NEO 2018 RQ1(ZR388AE)
on 2018-09-08 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 20-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T31)
by Steven M. Tilley

A confirmation image of the NEO 2018 RQ1(ZR388AE)
on 2018-09-08 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 20-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T31)
by Steven M. Tilley

A confirmation image of the NEO 2018 RQ1(ZR388AE)
on 2018-09-08 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 20-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T31)
by Steven M. Tilley

A confirmation image of the NEO 2018 RQ1(ZR388AE)
on 2018-09-08 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 60-30 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T31)
by Steven M. Tilley

I submitted my observations to the  Minor Planet Center(MPC). On 2018 Sept. 8 at 21:42 UTC the MPC Issued MPEC 2018-R63 : 2018 RQ1  assigning the objet the provisonaldesignation 2018 RQ1.

How Are Minor Planets Named?

Aug 19, 2018

Helping With The Confirmation of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23

On 2018-08-13 I check the NEO Confirmation Page(NEOCP) and  an object clalled ZTF00Th.
Orbit diagram for 2018 PO23
(view 1)
2018-08-13 12:35 UTC
Earth Distance: 0.723 au
Sun Distance: 1.691 au
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018PO23
Orbit diagram for 2018 PO23
(view 2)
2018-08-13 12:35 UTC
Earth Distance: 0.723 au
Sun Distance: 1.691 au
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018PO23
Orbit diagram for 2018 PO23
(view 3)
2018-08-13 12:35 UTC
Earth Distance: 0.723 au
Sun Distance: 1.691 au
courtesy of NASA/JPL-Caltech
https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018PO23

I was able to obtain a  set of  4-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (T30) and a set 12-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's (T30). I use Astrometrica to do the data reduction by way of the stack and track method. I had Astrometrica stack 3 sets(stacks) of 3 images.  Each image was shifted match movement of ZTF00Th.
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-13 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 4-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T30)
By Steven M. Tilley
Then I  submitted this batch of  4 observation to the Minor Planet Center.
About 14 hours later I  obtain a  set of  60-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's(T11) I had Astrometrica stack 3 stacks of 15 images ( note a star keep me from having  4 stacks of 15 images)
 
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from from Mayhill,
New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)
 a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from from Mayhill,
New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)
 a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from from Mayhill,
New Mexico [New Mexico Skies](MPC Code H06)
 a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T11)
By Steven M. Tilley
Then I  submitted this batch of  3 observation to the Minor Planet Center.
After another ten  hours I  obtain a  set of  60-60 second luminance BIN2 images taken with iTelescope.net's(T17) I had Astrometrica stack 3 stacks of 15 images ( note the first 9 images where on the "wrong" side of the meridian flip)
 A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
A confirmation image of the Mars-crossing Asteroid 2018 PO23
on 2018-08-14 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 15-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T17)
By Steven M. Tilley
Then I  submitted this batch of 3  observation to the Minor Planet Center.

After 110 observations,  collectively made from 27 observatories from around the world, at Aug. 16.90, 2018 the Minor Planet Center gave  ZTF00Th. the provisional designation 2018 PO23 and removed it form the NEOCP.