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#1 Aircrftr

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 02:07 AM

I was imaging M87 this evening and I'm noticing a trail in my pictures. I went to the Minor Planet Center and was able to input the date and location and it found nothing. So I go to the home page and under reporting new objects it has a link that takes you to the MPC submission page and tells you to make your submissions in the format of astrometric observations. I'm not familiar on how to do that exactly. I also want to make sure I'm not jumping the gun. If someone who knows how to do this can help.....

the location of the object was: RA= 12h 32min 04sec and DEC = +12 07' 52". date was 2013 03 12.27 I managed to get these numbers input into the NEO Checker correctly but it turned up nothing. I'll post up an image shortly...
Any help would be appreciated. :)

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 02:20 AM

Here is a pic with an arrow pointing to the object and another arrow giving its direction of travel. That trail is over a 20min exposure..
Woops.. also a little Lysdexia... should be labeled M87 not 78. LOL.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:02 AM

Dan ... Your object looks to be an exact match for asteroid 1078 Mentha (14.0 magnitude). The brightness of your object also matches well with 1078 Mentha. Great catch!

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 10:08 AM

Cool! Now... How did you do it???? :)

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 01:39 PM

The RA-DEC for that time is exactly where Cartes puts 1078.
Having a Starry Night or Cartes du Ciel program with up to date asteroid files will help identify asteroids before going to the MPC. I use Cartes du Ciel because it's free and has access to all asteroids ever discovered which most programs don't. They just like close approach, opposition and such. Not the whole data base.
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Posted 12 March 2013 - 04:02 PM

I use TheSky planetarium software to plot-out asteroids using the complete asteroid database, available for download from the Lowell Observatory or the Minor Planet Center. A number of other planetarium programs also have this capability.

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Posted 12 March 2013 - 06:05 PM

All right! I'll have to check these out!

Thanks guys, Dan

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Posted 24 March 2013 - 02:27 PM

I'd recommend Project Pluto's Guide (current version is 9.0) for things like this. It showed 1078 Mentha in the exact position of your streak. All I did was goto M87 at the appropriate date and time...

The MPC may well not have spit out 1078 Mentha as a candidate because it's not a NEO...






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