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Newsletter

 

NEOCC Newsletter: November 2017

03 November 2017

The ESA SSA-NEO Coordination Centre has released the November newsletter summarising the most relevant data and events on asteroids and comets approaching the orbit of the Earth. Please, feel free to forward it to potentially interested people.

You can download the newsletter by clicking on the button below; to subscribe to the service, please fill in the form on page http://neo.ssa.esa.int/subscribe-to-services.

 

 

Close Approach Fact Sheet

 

NEOCC Close Approach Fact Sheet: 2012 TC4

06 October 2017

The ESA SSA-NEO Coordination Centre has released a Close Approach Fact Sheet (CAFS) for asteroid 2012 TC4, passing by Earth on 12 October. Please, feel free to forward it to potentially interested people.

You can download the CAFS by clicking on the button below; for subscribing to our releases, please fill in the form on page http://neo.ssa.esa.int/subscribe-to-services.

 

 

News

Fireball over The Netherlands

22 September 2017

A bright fireball occurred over The Netherlands on 21 September 2017 at 19:00 UTC (21:00 CEST). In addition to many individual sightings, it was also recorded by an all-sky camera dedicated to recording exactly such events. The camera is part of the Fireball Recovery and InterPlanetary Observation (FRIPON) network (https://www.fripon.org), and is hosted on the roof of a building at ESA's ESTEC technical centre in Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Other FRIPON cameras which recorded the event were located in Lille and Brussels. The combined data will allow to the object's trajectory to be reconstructed. It is most likely that any resulting fragments – meteorites – will have fallen into the North Sea.

Fireball sightings such as this can be reported to the International Meteor Organisation (http://www.imo.net) or to the American Meteor Society (http://www.amsmeteors.org). Reports for this particular fireball can be seen via https://www.amsmeteors.org/members/imo_view/event/2017/3301.

The ESTEC FRIPON camera was funded by the ESTEC Science Faculty.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A bright fireball occurred over The Netherlands on 21 Sep at 19:00 UTC (21:00 CEST). Credit: ESA/D. Koschny/A.Toni/FRIPON team.

 

News

Observations of the OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft

22 September 2017

As part of an international observing campaign, the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft has been imaged during our normal monthly observing run on 16 September with the OGS telescope in Tenerife. In the attached image one can observe the OSIRIS-REx spacecraft as the tiny point at the centre of the image moving from left to right. The larger spot moving in the same direction, but located more to the left, is main belt asteroid (50587) 2000 ET45.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Image of OSIRIS-REx spacecraft. Credit: ESA NEOCC / D. Abreu (Ataman Science), M. Micheli (ESA), D. Koschny (ESA), M. Busch (Starkenburg Observatory), E. Schwab (Taunus Observatory) and A. Knöfel.