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FMO Discovery

2006 Feb 25

Reviewer C. Li submitted this FMO on 2006 25. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40Vh. The object was moving about 16 deg/day. Normally this high rate may cause the object to be rejected by the observer (our upper limit is 10-15 deg/day) but as it was found early in the night and the followup telescope was open the observer submitted it to the MPC.

   
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Update 2006 Feb 27 - The MPC noted this object is an artificial satellite.

FMO Recovery

2006 Feb 20

Reviewer H. Liu submitted this FMO on 2006 Feb 20. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40Vd. The object was moving about 5 deg/day. Unfortunately, it was discovered by the other observatory and listed in the confirmation page as 6D01A3D.

   
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Update 2006 Feb 22 - The MPC designated this object as 2006 DU.

FMO Recovery

2006 02 07

Reviewer C. Wang submitted this FMO on 2006 02 07. The object is 2005 YY128 discovered on 2005 Dec 30.

   
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FMO Recovery

2006 Jan 31

Reviewer Zhichen Pan submitted this FMO on 2006 Jan 31. The object is 2006 AS2 discovered on 2006 Jan 05.

   
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FMO Discovery

2006 Jan 07

Reviewer H. W. McGee submitted this FMO on 2006 07. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40V5. The object was moving about 4 deg/day.

   
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Update 2006 Jan 8 - The MPC designated this object as 2006 AT3.

FMO Discovery

2006 Jan 07

Reviewer P. Lau submitted this FMO on 2006 07. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40V3. The object was moving about 3 deg/day.

   
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Update 2006 Jan 8 - The MPC designated this object as 2006 AS3.

FMO Discovery

2005 Dec 31

Reviewer R. G. Konkol submitted this FMO on 2005 Dec 31. The object was moving about 8 deg/day. It was discovered by the another observatory.

   
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Update 2005 Dec 31 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 YU128.

FMO Discovery

2005 Dec 21

Reviewer S. Kürti submitted this FMO on 2005 Dec 21. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40UU. The object was moving about 3 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Dec 21 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 YK.

FMO Discovery

2005 Dec 07

Reviewer K. R. Fetter submitted this FMO on 2005 Dec 07. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40UJ. The object was moving about 11 deg/day. Normally this high rate may cause the object to be rejected by the observer (our upper limit is 10-15 deg/day) but as it was found early in the night and the followup telescope was open the observer submitted it to the MPC.

  
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Update 2005 Dec 8 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 XZ7.

FMO Discovery

2005 Nov 25

Reviewer Pawel Czuma submitted this FMO on 2005 Nov 25. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40U5. The object was moving about 5 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Nov 26 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 WP3.

FMO Discovery

2005 Nov 25

Reviewer Tao Chen submitted this FMO on 2005 Nov 25. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40U3. The object was moving about 3 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Nov 26 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 WO3.

FMO Discovery

2005 Nov 21

Reviewer Chao Ming Fu submitted this FMO on 2005 Nov 21. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40Tv. The object was moving about 3 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Nov 22 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 WB1.

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 31

Reviewer Li Sheng submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 31. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40TQ. The object was moving about 3 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Nov 1 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 UV64.

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 27

Reviewer Roger Dymock submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 27. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40T7. The object was moving about 10 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Oct 27 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 UH5.

FMO Recovery

2005 Oct 26

Reviewer David Higgins submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 26. The object is 2005 UG3 discovered on 2005 Oct 25.

   
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FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 26

Reviewer Ernesto Guido submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 26. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40T1. The object was moving about 8 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Oct 27 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 UW3.

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 24

Reviewer David Higgins submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 24. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40Su. The object was moving about 3 deg/day.

   
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Update 2005 Oct 25 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 UL1.

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 22

Reviewer Stefan Kürti submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 22. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40Sl. The object was moving about 14 deg/day. Normally this high rate may cause the object to be rejected by the observer (our upper limit is 10-15 deg/day) but as it was found early in the night and the followup telescope was open the observer submitted it to the MPC.

   
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Update 2005 Oct 24 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 UF.

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 13

Reviewer Micheal Boschat submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 13. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40Sf. The object was moving about 16 deg/day. Normally this high rate would cause the object to be rejected by the observer (our upper limit is 15 deg/day) but as it was found early in the night and the followup telescope was open the observer submitted it to the MPC.

  
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Update 2005 Oct 14 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 TV51.

FMO Re-Discovery

2005 Oct 11

Reviewer Roberto Gorelli submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 11. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40SV. The object was moving about 9 deg/day.

  
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Update 2005 Oct 13 - This object was first discovered by XueJun Zhang (SW40SM). The MPC designated this object as 2005 TH50.

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 09

Reviewer XueJun Zhang submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 09. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40SM. The object was moving about 12 deg/day and recovery prospects are poor due to its rate.

  
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Update 2005 Oct 10 - Unfortunately the Spacewatch followup telescope was closed due to wind (the altazimuth telescope has a much lower wind limit) so immediate followup was not possible, causing the object to be lost.

Update 2005 Oct 13 - This object was re-discovered by FMO Project Reviewer Roberto Gorelli(SW40SV). The MPC designated this object as 2005 TH50.

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 09

Reviewer Josep Gomez submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 09. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40SK. The object was moving about 6 deg/day.

  
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Update 2005 Oct 13 - Due to the object's close approach to the earth, the MPC designated this object as 2005 TK50 even though the object had less than a 1 day arc. 2005 TK50 flyby MPG animation created by Marco Langbroek.

FMO Re-Discovery

2005 Oct 07

Reviewer Elzbieta Bogucka submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 07. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40SF. The object was moving about 10 deg/day.

  
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Update 2005 Oct 13 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 TD49

FMO Discovery

2005 Oct 07

Reviewer Sergio Radaelli submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 07. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40SE. The object was moving about 2 deg/day.

  
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Update 2005 Oct 13 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 TE49

FMO -- But known

2005 Oct 01

Reviewer Michel Ory submitted this FMO on 2005 Oct 01. This object, 2005 SJ19, had been discovered on 2005 September 27.

  
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FMO -- But known

2005 Sep 12

Reviewer Mariusz Trojanowski submitted this FMO on 2005 Sep 12. This bright object, 2005 RJ3, had been discovered on 2005 September 5.

  
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FMO Discovery

2005 Aug 31

Reviewer ShuShan Ding submitted this FMO on 2005 Aug 31. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40QY. The object was moving about 4.6 deg/day.

  
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Update 2005 Sep 01 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 QQ87.

FMO Discovery

2005 Aug 31

Reviewer Stefan Kürti submitted this FMO on 2005 Aug 31. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40QX. The object was moving about 10.5 deg/day.

  
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Update 2005 Sep 01 - The MPC designated this object as 2005 QP87

FMO -- But known

2005 Aug 29

Reviewer D. Ye submitted this FMO on 2005 Aug 30. Again the object turned out to be recently discovered 2005 QP11.

  
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FMO -- But known

2005 Aug 29

Reviewer Josep Gomez submitted this FMO on 2005 Aug 29. The object was submitted to MPC as SW40QH. The object turned out to be 2005 QP11 which was discovered a night earlier by automatic detection.

  
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Update 2005 Aug 29 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 QP11

FMO Discovery

2005 July 11

Reviewer Ed Majden submitted this FMO on 2005 July 11. The object was moving about 3 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Pe.

  
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Update 2005 July 12 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 NX55

FMO Discovery

2005 June 27

Reviewer Stan Pope submitted this FMO on 2005 June 27. The object was moving about 3 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Nt.

Please note that there is a ghost star image (short horizontal) in one of the frame but that is not the submission. The submission is the brighter diagonal streak in the middle.

  
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Update 2005 June 28 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 ME5

FMO Discovery

2005 May 07

Reviewer Tony Hoffman submitted this FMO on 2005 May 07. The object was moving about 3 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40MS.

Update 2005 May 09 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 JB22

FMO Discovery

2005 May 03

Reviewer Mariusz Trojanowski submitted this FMO on 2005 May 03. The object was moving about 10 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40MI.

Update 2005 May 03 -The MPC identified this object as the Astron rocket stage.

FMO Discovery

2005 April 09

Reviewer Marco Langbroek submitted this FMO on 2005 April 09. The object was moving about 3 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40LW.

Update 2005 April 11 -The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 GG81

FMO Discovery

2005 April 02

Reviewer Robert Gagliano submitted this FMO on 2005 April 02. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40LR.

Update 2005 April 05 - Clouded out next night and unable to recover this object.

FMO Discovery

2005 Apr 01

Reviewer Jun Yu submitted this FMO on 2005 Apr 01. The object was moving about 3 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40LO.

Update 2005 Apr 02 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 GT.

FMO Discovery

2005 Mar 16

Reviewer Robert Klein submitted this FMO on 2005 Mar 16. The object was moving about 3 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40LK.

Update 2005 Mar 17 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 FJ.

FMO -- But MPC identified as an artificial satellite

2005 Mar 11

The two objects below have same rate of motion, direction, and brightness. Their positions are very close. We suspect that the objects are related. Perhaps man-made.

Reviewer Sergio Foglia submitted this FMO on 2005 Mar 11. The object was moving about 10 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40LF.

Update 2005 Mar 11 - This object is a geocentric artificial satellite.

Update 2005 Mar 16 - This object is 83-20A 13901 ASTRON's rocket 83 20D 20413.

FMO -- But MPC identified as an artificial satellite.

Reviewer Xilian He submitted this FMO on 2005 Mar 11. The object was moving about 10 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40LE.

Update 2005 Mar 11 - This object is a geocentric artificial satellite.

Update 2005 Mar 15 - SW40LE was 83-20A 13901 ASTRON.

FMO Discovery

2005 Mar 03

Reviewer Robert Klein submitted this FMO on 2005 Mar 03. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40L3.

Update 2005 Mar 08 - The object was very faint and recovery failed due to cloudy weather.

FMO Discovery

2005 Feb 02

Reviewer Sergio Foglia submitted this FMO on 2005 Feb 02. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Ku.

Update 2005 Feb 05 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2005 CK 

Discovery credit correction

FMO Discovery

2004 Dec 20

Reviewer Stan Pope submitted this FMO on 2004 Dec 20. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Jh.

Update 2004 Dec 21 - The MPC designated this FMO as 2004 YD5. It passed 0.00023 AU from the Earth on Dec. 19.86 UT. According to the Close Approaches To The Earth by Minor Planets page this was the second closest known approach by an FMO as of 2004 Dec 21. 0.00023 AU is 34,500 km, well within the geosynchronous altitude! H of 29.3 means it was about 4-9 meters in diameter.

FMO Discovery

2004 Dec 12

Reviewer Josep. J. Gomez submitted this FMO on 2004 Dec 12. This object was moving at 4.8 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40JF.

Update 2004 Dec 13 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 XP35

FMO Discovery

2004 Oct 23

Reviewer Stu Megan submitted this FMO on 2004 Oct 23. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Hu.

Update 2004 Oct 23 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 UH1

FMO Discovery

2004 Oct 08

Reviewer Robert Klein submitted this FMO on 2004 Oct 08. This object was moving at 8.2 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40HK .

Update 2004 Oct 09 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 TJ10

FMO Discovery

2004 Sept 23

Reviewer Mariusz Kuczewski submitted this FMO on 2004 Sept 23. This object was moving at nearly 6 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40GS.

Update 2004 Sept 24 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 ST26

FMO Discovery

2004 Sept 16

Reviewer Lawrence Garrett submitted this FMO on 2004 Sept 16. This object was moving at nearly 10 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40DV.

Update 2004 Sept 17 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 SA

FMO -- But known

2004 Sept 16

Reviewer Sébastien Vaast submitted this FMO on 2004 Sept 16. The object, 2004 RS109, had been discovered 6 days earlier. Vaast's observations resulted in a DOU, 2004-S06.

FMO -- But known

2004 Sept 16

Reviewer Ernesto Guido submitted this FMO on 2004 Sept 16. The object, 2004 RG164, had been discovered 6 days earlier. Guido's observations resulted in a DOU, 2004-S06.

FMO -- But known

2004 Sept 12

Reviewer Richard Broad submitted this FMO on 2004 Sept 12. The object, 2004 RS109, had been discovered 2 days earlier and MPECed the night of Richard's recovery. Richard's observations resulted in a DOU, 2004-R67.

FMO Discovery

2004 Aug 23

Reviewer Richard Broad submitted this FMO on 2004 August 23. This object was moving at 4.8 deg/day. We submitted the FMO to MPC as SW40EW.

Update 2004 Aug 25 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 QJ13

FMO Discovery

2004 Aug 20

Reviewer Sebastian Hoenig submitted this FMO on 2004 August 20. This object was moving at 3.7 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40EK.

Update 2004 Aug 23 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 QO5

FMO Discovery

2004 Aug 20

Reviewer Jan Manek submitted this FMO on 2004 August 20. This object was moving at 8.2 deg/day. We submitted the FMO to MPC as SW40EB.

Update 2004 Aug 23 -The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 QR4

FMO Discovery

2004 June 19

Reviewer Ed Majden submitted this FMO on 2004 June 19. This object was moving at 2.6 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40E6.

Update 2004 June 21 -The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 MV2

FMO Discovery

2004 June 17

Reviewer Lawrence Garrett submitted this FMO on 2004 June 17. This object was moving at 11.9 deg/day. We submitted the FMO to MPC as SW40E3.

Update 2004 June 19 -The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 MO1

FMO Discovery

2004 June 14

Reviewer Ken Pavitt submitted this FMO on 2004 June 14. This object was moving at 2.6 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Dv.

Update 2004 June 15 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 LA10

FMO Discovery

2004 May 28

Reviewer Anton Marais submitted this FMO on 2004 May 28. This object was moving at nearly 10.6 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Dl.

Update 2004 June 01 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 KG17

FMO -- This may have been SMART-1

2004 May 24

Reviewer Robert Gagliano submitted this FMO on 2004 May 24. This object was moving at nearly 11.5 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40Di. The MPC notified us that SW40Di has a geocentric object. Could this be SMART-1? If so, we'll see it again.

FMO -- But MPC identified as an artificial satellite

2004 May 16

Reviewer Eric Knapp submitted this FMO on 2004 May 16. This object was moving at nearly 10.6 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40DW. The MPC notified us that SW40DW is an artificial satellite.

FMO Discovery

2004 May 14

Reviewer Lisa Turner submitted this FMO on 2004 May 14. The object was added to MPC confirmation page as SW40DV. This object was moving at nearly 11 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40DV.

Update late 2004 May 14 -The MPC designated this FMO as 2004 JO12

FMO Discovery

2004 May 14

Reviewer Richard Broad submitted a 30 deg/day FMO on 2004 May 14. Objects moving at rates > 20 deg/day are too difficult to recover and many observers will respond with the 'trail too long' comment. The observer for the night of 2004 May 14, however, did submit the object as SW40DU and the CP has posted it. Unfortunately the chances of recovery are too slim for Spacewatch to make an attempt.

FMO Discovery

2004 May 13

Reviewer Franco Mallia submitted this FMO on 2004 May 13. The object was added to MPC confirmation page as SW40DT. This object was moving at 3.7 deg/day (good catch!) and recovery prospects are good.

Update late 2004 May 14 -The MPC designated this FMO as 2004 JP12

FMO -- But MPC identified as an artificial satellite

2004 April 28

Reviewer Franco Mallia submitted this FMO on 2004 April 28. This FMO was traveling at the rate of 19.2 deg/day. Its rate was over our 10 deg/day limit but since it was very bright there was a good chance of successful recovery. We submitted to MPC as SW40DP. The MPC notified us that SW40DP is an artificial satellite.

FMO -- But known

2004 April 23

Reviewer Andrew Walker submitted this FMO on 2004 April 23. Unfortunately, the FMO was discovered on April 19th by another survey telescope. It was designated as 2004 HA1. We submitted the new measurements and they may still generate an MPEC or DOU.

Update 2004 Apr 26 - our measurements were included in a Daily Orbit Update (DOU): MPEC 2004-H52. For DOUs the observers are not listed.

FMO Discovery

2004 April 23

Reviewer Robert Gagliano submitted this FMO on 2004 April 23. 

Update 2004 April 24 - The MPC designated this FMO as 
2004 HC33.

FMO Discovery

2004 April 22

Reviewer Richard Broad submitted this FMO on 2004 April 22. This object was moving at nearly 11.5 deg/day. We submitted this object to MPC as SW40DJ. This object was moving very fast at 11.5 deg/day and it is faint. Due to the trail length and faintness, recovery prospects are not good.

April 23 update - indeed the object was too uncertain for our followup telescope to recover it. We took three exposures with the mosaic in hopes of recovering it through the FMO Project pages. If this object was observed earlier on the night of April 22 so that the follow telescope could have recovered it once that same night we would have had much better chances of recovery on April 23.

FMO Discovery

2004 March 27

Reviewer Michael Begam submitted this FMO on 2004 March 27. The MPC designated this FMO as 2004 FC18.

FMO Discovery

2004 March 20

Robert Klein submitted this 18 degree/day FMO on 2004 March 20. Unfortunately, we only obtained two measurements so the object could not be mailed to the MPC. Objects this fast have a high probably of being lost, but an MPEC is possible - if we are lucky.

We continue to improve the speed and effectiveness of our measurement tools to assist us in fast recovery of these long trails. While we should be able to get these objects on the MPC's Confirmation Page in the future the possibility of an actual designation is small as the object is often not visible the following night due to acceleration.

FMO Project Milestone: First PHA Recovery!

2004 March 01

2000 EV70, a PHA not seen since 2000 April 23, was recovered in a mosaic image by reviewer Peter Lake. As 2000 EV70 was notably off its predicted position, a second night is necessary before MPC publishes an orbital update. To facilitate the acquisition of a second night, the MPC has added the object to its MPEC 2004-E11.

This object was a deliberate recovery attempt by Spacewatch. Because of the object's high uncertainty, the mosaic's large field of view was ideal for the recovery attempt. As a deliberate recovery, the the time delay between images was DRASTICALLY SHORTENED! THIS IS THE ONLY REASON THE OBJECT APPEARS IN ALL THREE PASSES! The time delay was less than 10 minutes versus the typical 40 minutes - in a normal mosaic image this object would have appeared in only one pass! In the future, we hope to add warning labels on non-standard time delay images and images that may contain a deliberate recovery.

As a 19 V magnitude object trailing a mere 10 pixels this was an difficult catch - the FMO Project website is designed to recover 14 pixel trails or longer.

Update March 02: 2000 EV70 received an orbital adjustment in MPEC 2004-E11

FMO Project Milestone: First FMO Designation (MPEC)! 

2004 January 20

SW40B1 was designated by the MPC as 2004 BV18. Congratulations to Stu Megan and to all our reviewers for helping this project achieve this notable success! Without all our images being reviewed on a regular basis, we could not achieve this goal! Click here for the press release.

Fourth FMO Discovery

2004 January 19

Stu Megan found this object. The object was submitted to the MPC as SW40B1.

Third FMO Discovery

2003 November 26

Maik Meyer and Stu Megan found this object in two separate images providing us with three positions. The object was submitted to the MPC as SW409R, unfortunately the object was accelerating rapidly and recovery the next night was not possible due to its length and faintness.

 

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SW409M Recovered!

2003 November 26

As SW409M was two days old, this recovery was a heroic effort by all involved (the observer that took nearly 50 square degrees of recovery images, the individuals that planned this sizeable recovery effort, the reviewers that reviewed the images produced by the recovery effort and the individuals that had to measure this very indistinct and 200+ pixel long trail!) Recovery of a object this old is HIGHLY unusual. Unfortunately, the measurements did not allow the object to MPEC as we had only one trail with indistinct endpoints. As of 2003 Nov 27 the object faded from view.

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Second FMO Discovery

2003 November 24

Reviewer Stu Megan found a new FMO on 2003 Nov 24. Unfortunately, conditions were too cloudy for recovery on the following night. We submitted the measurements to Minor Planet Center (MPC) and it was listed as SW409M on the MPC's NEO Confirmation page. The blink image below was supplied by the auto feedback system.

Update as of 2003 Nov 26: Due to the weather preventing next day followup, SW409M was not recovered and became too uncertain for deliberate recovery. The MPC ephemeris states that the object should get brighter in the few days after discovery so the object may get rediscovered by other survey telescopes.

FMO Project Milestone: First FMO Recovery

2003 November 21

Stu Megan, a local FMO Project reviewer, recovered 2003 WU21 on 2003 Nov 21. Unfortunately for us, 2003 WU21 had been discovered on the previous day (Nov 20.) This blink image below is what Stu Megan saw in the auto feedback response.

 
This blink image is what Stu Megan saw on auto feedback response.

FMO Project Milestone: First Recoverable FMO

2003 October 25

Reviewer Vishu Reddy submitted the following 12 deg/day FMO on 2003 Oct 25. The three passes with the FMO in the center of each are below: 

  

Unfortunately, this FMO was discovered over 8 hours after the original images were acquired, so same night followup was not possible. An object moving at these rates needs to be recovered within 4-6 hours or it becomes lost.

Unveiling of the FMO Project volunteer website

2003 September 30

Through a generous contribution from the Paul G. Allen Charitable Foundation, Spacewatch has introduced a volunteer program for finding fast moving objects in our mosaic imagery taken with the Kitt Peak 0.9m telescope. While the website has been available on a limited experimental basis for some time, we just opened the volunteer program to the public after the 2003 autumn equinox, the start of high season for asteroid detection.