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NEO 2010 AL30 Close Approach

11 Jan 2010, 20:38 UTC
NEO 2010 AL30 Close Approach
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MPEC 2010-A59 announces the discovery by Linear survey of a new object designated 2010 AL30.According to the preliminary orbit, 2010 AL30 will approach Earth at about 0.34 lunar-distance at 1248 UTC on 13 Jan. 2010 at magnitude 14 and it will be moving at about 10 arcsec/sec. We have been able to follow this object while it was on the neocp. Our image: Click here for a bigger version:http://bit.ly/8fBlvC The object has a value of H=27.0 (about 10/15 meters) and has an orbital period of 1.00 yr (at present is not clear if this is a man-made object or a natural one). The radar team at Goldstone is attempting to schedule time for radar observations of 2010 AL30 early on January 13. The pointing uncertainties are currently large, so optical astrometry is required.by Ernesto Guido & Giovanni Sostero

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