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  • MPEC 2023-N44 : RETRACTION OF 2023 NM

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    M.P.E.C. 2023-N44                                 Issued 2023 July 10, 16:13 UT
         The Minor Planet Electronic Circulars contain information on unusual
             minor planets, routine data on comets and natural satellites,
             and occasional editorial announcements.  They are published
        on behalf of Division F of the International Astronomical Union by the
              Minor Planet Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,
                              Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.
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                URL https://www.minorplanetcenter.net/    ISSN 1523-6714
                              RETRACTION OF 2023 NM                          
         The designation 2023 NM, announced on MPEC 2023-N38, is being retracted.
    The object was on a geocentric orbit at the time of its designation.
    Bill Gray noticed it could have been temporarily captured and additional
    precovery observations have confirmed the detection of a well
    determined area/mass ratio, proving the artificial nature of the
    object. Since the designation 2023 NM never appeared in a permanent MPC
    publication, the designation will be recorded as "omitted".
    A. U. Tomatic                (C) Copyright 2023 MPC           M.P.E.C. 2023-N44

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