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Showing posts with label Close-Approach. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Close-Approach. Show all posts

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

Jul 5, 2018

The asteroid 2018 MR8 [NEOCP P10I7IV] on 2018-07-04

The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
The asteroid 2018 MR8[NEOCP P10I7IV](Classification: Aten [NEO])
on 2018-07-04 from Siding Spring Observatory,
Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 13-60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's
(T17 TEL 0.43-m f/6.8 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Orbit Diagram for
The asteroid 2018 MR8(2018-07-04 14:00)
see https://ssd.jpl.nasa.gov/sbdb.cgi?sstr=2018MR8
Background
(as of 2018-07-04)
.

May 29, 2018

Re-Observing 2015 FP118 Another Look Almost Three Years later

When I am looking objects to observer, I try to find something within the capabilities of the telescope, interesting, and 'needing" observation. To these ends I check following lists:
On 2018-05-28 I saw  that 2015 FP118 was on both the Arecibo and Goldstone lists, needing astrometry,  and it was within the capabilities of iTelescope.net's (T27 TEL 0.70-m f/6.6 reflector + CCD) so I went for it. As I was create a directory so I could downloading the .FITS(Flexible Image Transport System) files I found out that I observed 2015 FP118  for  19.6 min on  2015-06-06.

The NEO 2015 FP118 on 2018-05-28 from
Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
a stack of 45 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T27 TEL 0.70-m f/6.6 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley

The NEO 2015 FP118 on 2015-06-06 from
 Siding Spring Observatory, Coonabarabran, NSW, Australia. (MPC Q62)
 a stack of 22 - 60 second luminance BIN2 images
taken with iTelescope.net's (T27 TEL 0.70-m f/6.6 reflector + CCD)
By Steven M. Tilley
 Background
(as of 2018-05-29)
  • Object: 2015 FP118
  • Orbit Type: Apollo [NEO, PHA]
  • Approximate Diameter: 370 m - 820 m(1213.911 feet to 2690.289 feet) (Absolute Magnitude: H= 19.3)
  • On the Sentry Risk Table: NO( Removed 2015-04-02 15:53:35)
  • On the NEODyS CLOMON2 risk page: NO 
  • Discovery observation was made on: 2015 03 21.57498
  • Discovery observation was made by Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala (MPC Code F51) The Discovery M.P.E.C.:MPEC 2015-F132: 2015 FP118
  • Last Observation (publish): 2018 05 28.56107 (at iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring, Australia (MPC Code Q62) )
  • Data-Arc Span (publish): 1164 days (3.19 yr) 
  • Number of Optical Observations(published):133
  • Observatories Reporting (Published) Observations(MPC Code):
    • (204) Schiaparelli Observatory,Italy. 
    • (290) Mt. Graham-VATT,US/Arizona.
    • (291) LPL/Spacewatch II,US/Arizona. 
    • (568) Mauna Kea, US/Hawaii.
    • (691) Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak - Spacewatch US/Arizona.
    • (703) Catalina Sky Survey, US/Arizona.
    • (711) McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, US/Texas.
    • (807) Cerro Tololo Observatory, La Serena, Chile.
    • (926) Tenagra II, US/Arizona.
    • (D29) Purple Mountain Observatory, XuYi Station 
    • (F51) Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala US/Hawaii. 
    • (G96) Mt. Lemmon Survey, US/Arizona.
    • (Q62) iTelescope Observatory, Siding Spring
  • Perihelion Distance 0.9541884017671265 (AU)
  • Aphelion Distance: 3.28765938878308 (AU)
  • Earth MOID (Earth center to NEO center): 0.029858 AU ((11.62 LD)), ( 701.09 Earth radii) or 2,775,474.494 miles ( 4,466,693.22 ( KM))[If the Earth was the size of a Basketball this would be 276.261 Feet(84.204 Meters)]
  • Next Close-Approach to Earth: Will safely pass Earth on 2018-Sep-03:
    • Minimum Distance(Earth center to NEO center) of 0.0314378825351047 (AU) (12.235  (LD)),  (738.195 Earth radii) or  2,922,333.75 miles ( 4,703,040.286 (KM)) 
    • Nominal Distance(Earth center to NEO center) of   0.031438612821003 (AU) (12.235 (LD)), (738.212 Earth radii) or  2,922,401.634  miles (4,703,149.536 (KM))
    • Maximum Distance(Earth center to NEO center) of  0.0314393431490244 (AU) (12.235 (LD)), (738.229 Earth radii) or  2,922,469.522 miles (4,703,258.791 (KM))
  • Goldstone Asteroid Schedule: Yes 2018 Sep (Needs Astrometry: Yes Needs Physical Observations: Yes)
  • On the Arecibo Asteroid Schedule:  YES,  Dates 2018 Aug (Request Optical Astrometry: YES , Request Optical  Lightcurve:YES, Request Optical Characterization YES) 

May 21, 2018

A Scale Model of the Earth if the Earth was the Size of a Basketball as of 2018-05-20



A Scale Model of the Earth if the Earth was the Size of a Basketball - Radius 12.0275 CM(4.73523622 inches)


Top of the Troposphere--0.038cm (0.015inches) 0.001 Ft
Top of the Stratosphere--0.113cm (0.045inches) 0.004 Ft
Top of the mesosphere--0.227cm (0.089inches) 0.007 Ft
STS-1(Perigee)--0.453cm (0.178inches) 0.015 Ft
STS-1(apogee)--0.474cm (0.187inches) 0.016 Ft
ISS(Perigee)--0.757cm (0.298inches) 0.025 Ft
ISS(apogee)--0.770cm (0.303inches) 0.025 Ft
Top of the Thermosphere--1.133cm (0.446inches) 0.037 Ft



The 50  closest  observed  NEO Earth close approaches as of  2018-05-20


01. The 2011-Feb-04 fly by of 2011 CQ1--10.347cm (4.074inches) 0.339 Ft
02. The 2008-Oct-09 fly by of 2008 TS26--11.816cm (4.652inches) 0.388 Ft
03. The 2004-Mar-31 fly by of 2004 FU162--12.351cm (4.862inches) 0.405 Ft
04. The 2016-Feb-25 fly by of 2016 DY30--14.978cm (5.897inches) 0.491 Ft
05. The 2017-Apr-04 fly by of 2017 GM--18.681cm (7.355inches) 0.613 Ft
06. The 2017-Oct-20 fly by of 2017 UJ2--21.756cm (8.565inches) 0.714 Ft
07. The 2011-Jun-27 fly by of 2011 MD--23.184cm (9.127inches) 0.761 Ft
08. The 2014-Jun-03 fly by of 2014 LY21--25.810cm (10.161inches) 0.847 Ft
09. The 2009-Nov-06 fly by of 2009 VA--26.590cm (10.469inches) 0.872 Ft
10. The 2012-May-29 fly by of 2012 KT42--27.263cm (10.734inches) 0.894 Ft
11. The 2017-Mar-02 fly by of 2017 EA--27.420cm (10.795inches) 0.900 Ft
12. The 2016-Sep-11 fly by of 2016 RN41--32.749cm (12.893inches) 1.074 Ft
13. The 2015-Sep-22 fly by of 2015 SK7--38.208cm (15.043inches) 1.254 Ft
14. The 2016-Jan-12 fly by of 2016 AH164--38.293cm (15.076inches) 1.256 Ft
15. The 2013-Dec-23 fly by of 2013 YB--39.225cm (15.443inches) 1.287 Ft
16. The 2017-Nov-26 fly by of 2017 WE30--44.815cm (17.644inches) 1.470 Ft
17. The 2016-Mar-11 fly by of 2016 EF195--47.677cm (18.771inches) 1.564 Ft
18. The 2008-Oct-20 fly by of 2008 US--50.052cm (19.705inches) 1.642 Ft
19. The 2004-Dec-19 fly by of 2004 YD5--51.949cm (20.452inches) 1.704 Ft
20. The 2013-Feb-15 fly by of 367943 Duende (2012 DA14)--52.259cm (20.574inches) 1.715 Ft
21. The 2015-Nov-15 fly by of 2015 VY105--53.303cm (20.985inches) 1.749 Ft
22. The 2016-Jan-14 fly by of 2016 AN164--57.900cm (22.795inches) 1.900 Ft
23. The 2010-Nov-17 fly by of 2010 WA--61.321cm (24.142inches) 2.012 Ft
24. The 2018-Jan-18 fly by of 2018 BD--61.859cm (24.354inches) 2.030 Ft
25. The 2015-Feb-17 fly by of 2015 DD1--62.075cm (24.439inches) 2.037 Ft
26. The 2014-Sep-07 fly by of 2014 RC--63.313cm (24.927inches) 2.077 Ft
27. The 2011-Feb-06 fly by of 2011 CF22--63.839cm (25.134inches) 2.094 Ft
28. The 2016-Sep-07 fly by of 2016 RB1--64.398cm (25.354inches) 2.113 Ft



Geosynchronous orbit--67.559cm (26.598inches) 2.216 Ft



29. The 2008-Nov-03 fly by of 2008 VM--75.248cm (29.625inches) 2.469 Ft
30. The 2004-Mar-18 fly by of 2004 FH--80.665cm (31.758inches) 2.646 Ft
31. The 2017-Oct-12 fly by of 2012 TC4--82.650cm (32.540inches) 2.712 Ft
32. The 2010-Oct-12 fly by of 2010 TD54--85.742cm (33.757inches) 2.813 Ft
33. The 2017-Jan-30 fly by of 2017 BH30--85.850cm (33.799inches) 2.817 Ft
34. The 2010-Nov-30 fly by of 2010 XB--87.847cm (34.586inches) 2.882 Ft
35. The 2013-Apr-18 fly by of 2013 HT25--89.662cm (35.300inches) 2.942 Ft
36. The 2017-May-04 fly by of 2017 JB2--93.008cm (36.617inches) 3.051 Ft
37. The 2014-Aug-31 fly by of 2014 RA--95.026cm (37.412inches) 3.118 Ft
38. The 2016-Apr-04 fly by of 2016 GN134--95.974cm (37.785inches) 3.149 Ft
39. The 2012-May-28 fly by of 2012 KP24--96.122cm (37.843inches) 3.154 Ft
40. The 2015-Apr-21 fly by of 2015 HD1--99.566cm (39.199inches) 3.267 Ft
41. The 2017-Oct-28 fly by of 2017 UL6--100.460cm (39.551inches) 3.296 Ft
42. The 2014-Mar-06 fly by of 2014 EC--104.224cm (41.033inches) 3.419 Ft
43. The 2009-Feb-27 fly by of 2009 EJ1--104.330cm (41.075inches) 3.423 Ft
44. The 2017-Aug-14 fly by of 2017 QP1--106.229cm (41.823inches) 3.485 Ft
45. The 2017-Mar-20 fly by of 2017 FN1--107.355cm (42.266inches) 3.522 Ft
46. The 2012-Mar-26 fly by of 2012 FS35--109.577cm (43.140inches) 3.595 Ft
47. The 2012-Jan-27 fly by of 2012 BX34--111.432cm (43.871inches) 3.656 Ft
48. The 2008-Mar-10 fly by of 2008 EF32--112.584cm (44.324inches) 3.694 Ft
49. The 2009-Oct-01 fly by of 2009 TB--119.071cm (46.878inches) 3.907 Ft
50. The 2007-Oct-17 fly by of 2007 UN12--119.600cm (47.087inches) 3.924 Ft


Light-second. 566.000cm (222.820inches) 18.568 Ft
Lunar distance (perigee)--673.000cm (265.000inches) 22.095 Ft
Lunar distance--714.000cm (281.000inches) 23.414 Ft
Lunar distance (apogee)--766.000cm (302.000inches) 25.128 Ft
Light-minute--34000.000cm (13400.000inches) 1114.101 Ft

Moon Equatorial radius--3.280cm (1.292inches) 0.108 Ft
Moon Equatorial radius Diameter--6.560cm (2.584inches) 0.215 Ft
Moon Equatorial  Circumference--20.600cm (8.117inches) 0.676 Ft

Earth radius--12.000cm (4.735inches) 0.395 Ft
Earth (Equatorial) diameter--24.100cm (9.470inches) 0.789 Ft
Earth (Equatorial) Circumference--75.600cm (29.752inches) 2.479 Ft


See the spreadsheet  The 50 closest observed NEO Earth close approaches as of 2018-05-20.xlsx