With the professional surveys covering most of the sky with detections beyond 20th magnitude, I thought that the days of amateur astronomers discovering near-Earth asteroids were behind us.
Not so! Using a new and powerful synthetic tracking software package developed by fellow CN member Daniel Parrott, see https://www.cloudyni...s-with-tycho/, Mike Holbrook discovered a fast moving object on a stack of images he obtained on January 22nd.
Using Tycho-Tracker, Mike was able to obtain three high-quality observations that he reported to the Minor Planet Center. One of the big surveys picked it up a full three days after Mike’s discovery and a second one a day later. See the discovery announcement here: https://www.minorpla...K20/K20BJ4.html.
I see a very bright future for Tycho-Tracker!
Congratulations Mike Holbrook and Daniel Parrott!
Edited by John Rogers, 28 January 2020 - 12:36 AM.