The Minor Planet Bulletin

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The Minor Planet Bulletin is the journal for almost all amateurs and even some professionals for publishing asteroid photometry results, including lightcurves, H-G parameters, color indexes, and shape/spin axis models. It is considered to be a refereed journal by the SAO/NASA ADS. All MPB papers are indexed in the ADS.

Print subscriptions are no longer available to individuals. Institutions (e.g., college libraries) can still obtain print copies via a special subscription. See details in MPB 37-4 or contact the editor, Richard Binzel.

Annual voluntary contributions of $5.00 or more in support of the publication are welcome.
Please send a check, drawn on a U.S. bank and payable in U.S. funds, to "Minor Planet Bulletin" and send it to:

Minor Planet Bulletin
c/o Melissa Hayes-Gehrke
UMD Astronomy Department
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College Park, MD 20742

Authors Guide and Word Templates   (v.2.9: updated 2019 November 14)
The ZIP file contains the Authors Guide PDF as well as a "starter" paper in Word 97 (DOT) and Word 2007+ (DOTX).
Please read this updated guide since there are a number of changes from previous guides.
  • The Pts column is no longer required and has been removed from the template for the standard table
    to allow more room for the other columns.
  • The phase column should have only two values: for the first and last date in the range.
    If the phase reaches an extrema between those dates, put an asterisk before the first value. For example,
  • Use semicolons to separate names in the references section. For example:
       Smith, J.J.; Jones, A.A. (2019).
    This also applies if using several references to the same author in the text. For example:
    "This asteroid was observed at three previous apparitions (Jones, 2015; 2017; 2018)..."

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Issue 50-1 (2023 Jan-Mar)
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Editorial: The Minor Planet Bulletin at 50
Pages 1-2
Binzel, Richard P.
2023MPBu...50....1B    Download PDF

The Early Years of the Minor Planet Bulletin
Pages 1-2
Hodgson, Richard G.
2023MPBu...50....1H    Download PDF

A Lifetime with Asteroids
Pages 2-5
Pilcher, Frederic
2023MPBu...50....2P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Of Koronis Family Member (993) Moultona
Pages 6
Crowley, Eva Mae; Wilkin, Francis P.
2023MPBu...50....6C    Download PDF

Lightcurve For Koronis Family Member (1389) Onnie
Pages 7-8
Wilkin, Francis P; MacDonald, Finlay; Slivan, Stephen M.
2023MPBu...50....7W    Download PDF

Synodic And Sidereal Rotation Periods Of Koronis Family Member (1389) Onnie
Pages 8-10
Slivan, Stephen M.; Colclasure, Abigail M.; Larsen, Skylar S.; McLellan-Cassivi, Claire J.; Neto, Orisvaldo S.; Noto, Maurielle I.; Redden, Maya S.; Wilkin, Francis P.
2023MPBu...50....8S    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroid 2685 Masursky
Pages 11
Hayes-Gehrke, Melissa.; Khan, Raiden; Liao, Shijia; Siegel, Tucker; Vincent, Jorin; DeBoy, Stephen; Guenterberg, Evan; Hamilton, Drew; Hopkins, Brain; Katz, Ilan; Sargent, Robert; Storey, Cameron; Zhang. Gary; Brincat, Stephen M.; Mifsud, Martin
2023MPBu...50...11H    Download PDF

Lightcurve, Rotation Period and Spin-shape Model for 2764 Moeller
Pages 12-14
Fauerbach, Michael; Benishek, Vladimir; Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50...12F    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis and Rotation Period for Asteroid 5147 Maruyama
Pages 15
Hayes-Gehrke, Melissa; Arcilesi, Caleb; Batres,Jacqueline; Byrne, William; Devan, Joshua; Eichenwald, Victor; Goodwin, Natalie; Huang, Brian; Joshi, Sidharsh; Karafotias, Charles; Maxwell, Nicole; Pereyra, Nathan; Brincat, Stephen M.; Galdies, Charles
2023MPBu...50...15H    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for (7335) 1989 JA
Pages 16-17
Archer, John; Billiani, Mario; Bradley, John K.; Breeze-Lamb, Phil; Camilleri, Michael; Davy, Martin; Deitz, John; Donnelly, Stephen; Fairfax, Mark; Fukui, Keiichi; Gamurot, Ryan; Goto, Tateki; Guillet, Bruno; Kardel, Scott; Knight, Rachel; Langvad, William Hedegaard; Loose, Margaret A.; Meneghelli, Nicola; Mitchell, Mike; Nikiforov, Pavel; Parker, Bruce; Pickering, John W.; Primm, Michael; Randolph, Justus; Ribas, Felipe Braga; Richardot, Fabien; Rivett, Darren A.; Shimizu, Masao; Simard, Georges; Smallen, Martin; Teng, Ethan; van Dam, Marcos A.; Verveen, Aad; Widi, Joe
2023MPBu...50...16A    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for Asteroid 12919 Tomjohnson
Pages 17-18
Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo
2023MPBu...50...17M    Download PDF

Photometry of NEA (285263) 1998 QE2 During Its 2013 Close Approach
Pages 19-20
Christou, Apostolos; Gazeas, Kosmas
2023MPBu...50...19C    Download PDF

Near-Earth Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis At The Center For Solar System Studies: 2022 June-October
Pages 21-25
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.
2023MPBu...50...21W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Eight Near-Earth Asteroids
Pages 26-33
Birtwhistle, Peter
2023MPBu...50...26B    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis Of Hilda Asteroids At The Center For Solar System Studies: 2022 July-October
Pages 33-36
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.
2023MPBu...50...33W    Download PDF

On Confirmed and Suspected Binary Asteroids Observed at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2022 June to August
Pages 37-39
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.
2023MPBu...50...37W    Download PDF

Rotational Period And Lightcurve Determination Of Two Asteroids
Pages 40-41
Arminski, Andrzej
2023MPBu...50...40A    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Three Asteroids
Pages 41-42
Chelius, Thomas
2023MPBu...50...41C    Download PDF

Photometric Observations and Rotation Periods of Asteroids 175 Andromache, 6569 Ondaatje, and 2006 NL. Rotation Period Revision of Asteroid (7335) 1989 JA
Pages 43-47
Schmalz, Sergei; Schmalz, Anastasia; Voropaev, Viktor; Novichonok, Artyom; Ivanov, Alexandr; Ivanov, Viktor; Ivanova, Natalia; Barkov, Anatoliy; Lysenko, Vadim; Yakovenko, Nikolay; Gorbunov, Nikita; Kurbatov, German; Shchukin, Pavel; Graziani, di Roberto, Riccardo
2023MPBu...50...43S    Download PDF

Collaborative Asteroid Photometry from UAI: 2022 July-September
Pages 47-50
Franco, Lorenzo; Iozzi, Marco; Scarfi, Giulio; Mortari, Fabio; Gabellini, Davide; Ruocco, Nello; Fini, Paolo; Betti, Guido; Marchini, Alessandro; Aceti, Pietro; Banfi, Massimo; Baj, Giorgio; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Bachini, Mauro; Succi, Giacomo; Coffano, Alessandro; Marinello, Wladimiro; Galli, Gianni; Montigiani, Nico; Mannucci, Massimiliano
2023MPBu...50...47F    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry and Lightcurve
Pages 51-53
Colazo, Milagros; Scotta, Damián; Melia, Raúl; Ciancia, Giuseppe; Fornari, César; Morales, Mario; Monteleone, Bruno; Wilberger, Aldo; Santos, Francisco; García, Alberto; Suárez, Néstor; Bellocchio, Ezequiel; Chapman, Andrés; Nolte, Ricardo; Martini, Matías; Mottino, Aldo; Colazo, Carlos
2023MPBu...50...51C    Download PDF

Synodic Period Determination of Seven Main-belt Asteroids from Maltese Observatories
Pages 54-57
Brincat, Stephen M.; Galdies, Charles; Mifsud, Martin; Grech, Winston
2023MPBu...50...54B    Download PDF

Main-belt Asteroids Observed from CS3: 2022 July-September
Pages 58-61
Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.; Mathis, Thomas M.; Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50...58S    Download PDF

Photometry of 10 Asteroids at Sopot Astronomical Observatory: 2022 May - October
Pages 62-64
Benishek, Vladimir
2023MPBu...50...62B    Download PDF

Lightcurves of Nineteen Asteroids
Pages 65-73
Dose, Eric V.
2023MPBu...50...65D    Download PDF

Lowell Observatory Near-Earth Asteroid Photometric Survey (NEAPS): Paper 5
Pages 74-101
Skiff, Brian A.; McLelland, Kyle P.; Sanborn, Jason, J.; Koehn, Bruce W.
2023MPBu...50...74S    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Three Main-belt Asteroids
Pages 101-102
Casalnuovo, Giovanni Battista
2023MPBu...50..101C    Download PDF

Minor Planets at Unusually Favorable Elongations in 2023
Pages 103-105
Pilcher, Frederick
2023MPBu...50..103P    Download PDF

Asteroid-Deepsky Appulses in 2023
Pages 106
Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50..106W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2023 January-March
Pages 107-111
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A.M.
2023MPBu...50..107W    Download PDF

In This Issue
Pages 108
Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50..108W    Download PDF

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