THE HIT LIST
JANUARY 2000

This month's current comets and near earth asteroids - 1 JANUARY 2000 05:00UT
Thanks to Starry Night for a great program!
Comet Positions are from
Harvard's Minor Planet Center

COMETS
Positions of comets may be deceiving. Remember this is a two dimensional image. The first image is looking from above, down upon the sun and inner planets.

LEGEND:
Sun = Center of image
Comets = named
Red Lines w/ arrows indicate Comet orbit and direction
Earth's orbit in green
Venus orbit in white
Mercury's orbit in red


This is the current relative position of Machholz 2

The image below is looking from the ecliptic.
The earth in this image is headed from the left to the right and we are about 3 A.U.'s from the sun.
Again the image is deceiving as this is only a two dimensional image. I have included only relevant comets.

LEGEND:
Sun = Center of image
Earth orbit = green
Comets = blue and/or named


ASTEROIDS(and some comets!)
Close Approaches (and other valuable info)
1 A.U. = 92,870,000 miles = 149,790,000 Kilometers
The following information has been gleaned from NASA's SPACE CALENDAR


Jan 01 - Comet P/1999 X1 (Hug-Bell) Closest Approach To Earth (1.543 AU)
Jan 01 - Asteroid 1996 AX1 Closest Approach To Earth (0.702 AU)
Jan 02 - Comet Tempel 1 Perihelion (1.500 AU)
Jan 03 - Asteroid 1999 YB Near-Earth Flyby (0.398 AU)
Jan 04 - Earth at Perihelion (0.983 AU From Sun)
Jan 04 - Comet C/1999 L3 (LINEAR) Perihelion (1.991 AU)
Jan 04 -[Jan 07] Asteroid 1998 HL3 Closest Approach To Earth (0.425 AU)
Jan 04 - Asteroid 1999 XO135 Closest Approach To Earth (0.871 AU)
Jan 05 - Asteroid 1999 VO11 Near-Earth Flyby (0.218 AU)
Jan 06 -[Jan 08] Asteroid 2000 AE6 Closest Approach To Earth (0.896 AU)
Jan 08 -[Jan 03] Asteroid 1998 XE12 Closest Approach To Earth (0.498 AU)
Jan 09 -[Jan 08] Asteroid 2000 AG6 Near-Earth Flyby (0.013 AU)
Jan 09 - Asteroid 1999 XL136 Near-Earth Flyby (0.127 AU)
Jan 09 -[Jan 08] Asteroid 2000 AD6 Near-Earth Flyby (0.391 AU)
Jan 10 - Asteroid 5828 (1991 AM) Closest Approach To Earth (1.239 AU)
Jan 11 - Comet Wiseman-Skiff Perihelion (1.569 AU)
Jan 11 - Asteroid 1998 VO33 Closest Approach To Earth (0.658 AU)
Jan 11 - Asteroid 6909 Levison Closest Approach To Earth (1.325 AU)
Jan 12 - Asteroid 12538 (1998 OH) Closest Approach To Earth (0.558 AU)
Jan 12 - Asteroid 1999 WA2 Closest Approach To Earth (1.100 AU)
Jan 13 - Asteroid 4034 (1986 PA) Closest Approach To Earth (0.401 AU)
Jan 13 - Asteroid 1999 YF3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.318 AU)
Jan 13 - Asteroid 1999 XM136 Closest Approach To Earth (1.061 AU)
Jan 13 - Asteroid 6178 (1986 DA) Closest Approach To Earth (1.153 AU)
Jan 14 - Asteroid 1999 XJ141 Closest Approach To Earth (0.809 AU)
Jan 15 - Comet Machholz 2 Near-Earth Flyby (0.319 AU)
Jan 15 -[Jan 08] Asteroid 2000 AA6 Near-Earth Flyby (0.039 AU)
Jan 16 - Asteroid 2368 Beltrovata Closest Approach To Earth (1.773 AU)
Jan 18 - Asteroid 1998 XB Closest Approach To Earth (0.938 AU)
Jan 19 - Asteroid 1999 YG3 Near-Earth Flyby (0.119 AU)
Jan 19 - Asteroid 4531 Asaro Closest Approach To Earth (0.988 AU)
Jan 20 - Comet P/1998 U4 (Spahr) Closest Approach To Earth (3.310 AU)
Jan 20 -[Jan 08] Asteroid 2000 AC6 Near-Earth Flyby (0.112 AU)
Jan 21 -[Jan 08] Asteroid 2000 AF6 Near-Earth Flyby (0.252 AU)
Jan 21 -[Jan 09] Asteroid 1995 WQ5 Closest Approach To Earth (1.612 AU)
Jan 24 - Asteroid 1999 TT16 Near-Earth Flyby (0.246 AU)
Jan 24 -[Jan 06] Asteroid 3362 Khufu Near-Earth Flyby (0.293 AU)
Jan 28 - Asteroid 1995 WL8 Closest Approach To Earth (1.617 AU)
Jan 30 -[Jan 08] Asteroid 1999 XA143 Near-Earth Flyby (0.281 AU)

February 2000
Feb 01 - Comet C/1999 L3 (LINEAR) Closest Approach To Earth (1.035 AU)
Feb 01 - Asteroid 1999 GJ4 Closest Approach To Earth (0.654 AU)
Feb 02 - NEAR, Eros Rendezvous Maneuver
Feb 07 - Comet C/1999 J4 (LINEAR) Closest Approach To Earth (3.383 AU)
Feb 07 - Asteroid 1997 XF11 Closest Approach To Earth (1.157 AU)
Feb 09 - Asteroid 1994 JC Closest Approach To Earth (1.235 AU)
Feb 15 - Asteroid 3800 Karayusuf Closest Approach To Earth (0.586 AU)


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