Possible heliocentric space junk

From: Marco Langbroek (marco.langbroek@wanadoo.nl)
Date: Wed May 19 2010 - 10:03:48 UTC

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    The asteroid folks at the MPML are discussing a recently discovered object, for
    the moment going by the designation RK252A5, discovered by the Catalina Sky Survey.
    It is in an orbit with a semi-major axis of 1.03 AU with an inclination of only 
    0.24 and believed to be not a true asteroid. Instead, it could be an artificial 
    object (space junk). It visited the vicinity of earth earlier around 1991.
    Bill Gray has posted preliminary orbital elements here:
    These are still subject to change as the observational arc is still small.
    Timely updated efemerides can be found here:
    Object is in reach of telescopes from say 25-30 cm and larger.
    - Marco
    Dr Marco Langbroek  -  SatTrackCam Leiden, the Netherlands.
    e-mail: sattrackcam@wanadoo.nl
    Cospar 4353 (Leiden):   52.15412 N, 4.49081 E (WGS84), +0 m ASL
    Cospar 4354 (De Wilck): 52.11685 N, 4.56016 E (WGS84), -2 m ASL
    SatTrackCam: http://home.wanadoo.nl/marco.langbroek/satcam.html
    Station (b)log: http://sattrackcam.blogspot.com
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