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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Authors Guide and Word Templates   (v.3.0: updated 2024 February 2)
The ZIP file contains the Authors Guide PDF as well as a "starter" paper in Word 2007+ (DOTX).
Those using Word 97 (DOC/DOT) are encouraged to download OpenOffice and convert their files to the most recent Word format (DOCX).
Please read this updated guide since there are a number of changes from previous guides.
  • A new, optional, table is available for those wanting to include physical and discovery information
    in a more accessible way.
    See the announcement in Minor Planet Bulletin 51-2.
  • 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 51-2 (2024 Apr-Jun)
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Rotation Periods of Three Asteroids Through Differential Photometry
Pages 89-90
Zan, Shayaan; Montgometry, K.
2024MPBu...51...89Z    Download PDF

Determining the Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of Four Main-Belt Asteroids
Pages 91-92
Kalisek, Kaitlyn; Montgomery, Kent
2024MPBu...51...91K    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Rotation Periods of Four Asteroids
Pages 93-95
Mohoto, Mamosa; Montgomery, Kent
2024MPBu...51...93M    Download PDF

The Rotation Period of 717 Wisibada Could not be Found
Pages 95-97
Pilcher, Frederick; Casa, Jesus Delgado
2024MPBu...51...95P    Download PDF

Call for Observations
Pages 97
Pilcher, Frederick
2024MPBu...51...97P    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Rotation Period of 358 Apollonia
Pages 98
Pilcher, Frederick; Casal Jesus Delgado
2024MPBu...51...98P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of 1485 Isa
Pages 99
Farfan, Rafael Gonzalez; Fonseca, Francisco J. Benarque; Mananes, Eseban Fernandez; Ribes, Noelia Gracia
024MPBu...51...99F    Download PDF

Spin-Shape Model for 357 Ninnina
Pages 100-102
Franco, Lorenzo; Pilcher, Frederick; Oey, Julian; Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo; Scarfi, Giulio; Iozzi, Marco; Ruocco, Nello; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Montigiani, Nico; Mannucci, Massimiliano
2024MPBu...51..100F    Download PDF

A Photometric Investigation of 526 Jena
Pages 103-104
Pilcher, Frederick; Franco, Lorenzo; Acetia, Pietro; Banfi, Massimo; Baj, Giorgio; Marchini, Alessandro
2024MPBu...51..103P    Download PDF

Lightcurves And Rotation Periods Of 738 Alagasta And 1011 Laodamia, And A Note On 991 Mcdonalda
Pages 104-106
Pilcher, Frederick
2024MPBu...51..104P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Eight Main-Belt Asteroids and One Mars Crosser
Pages 106-112
Huet, Fernando; Fornas, Gonzalo; Fornas, Alvaro
2024MPBu...51..106H    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of Asteroids 1861 Komensky, 2096 Vaino, 3127 Bagration, 3289 Mitani, 3582 Cyrano, 3589 Loyola, 3811 Karma, 4226 Damiaan, 4458 Oizumi, 6086 Vrchlicky, 6875 Golgi, (18118) 2000 NB24 and 29185 Reich
Pages 112-116
Stone, Geoffrey
2024MPBu...51..112S    Download PDF

Lightcurves of Eighteen Asteroids
Pages 117-125
Dose, Eric V.
2024MPBu...51..117D    Download PDF

Photometric Results for Twenty Minor Planets
Pages 126-132
Polakis, Tom
2024MPBu...51..126P    Download PDF

Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis of 26 Asteroids
Pages 133-138
Farfán, Rafael González; de la Cuesta, Faustino García; Lorenz, Esteban Reina; Mañanes, Esteban Fernández; Andújar, José María Fernández; Fernández, Javier Ruiz; Casal, Jesús Delgado; Cantalapiedra, Javier de Elías; de la Fuente, Pablo; Collada, Juan
2024MPBu...51..133F    Download PDF

Photometric Observations and Rotation Period Determination for 14 Minor Planets
Pages 138-142
Wiles, M.
2024MPBu...51..138W    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry of Eight Asteroids
Pages 143-146
Colazo, Milagros; Monteleone, Bruno; Santos, Francisco; García, Alberto; Ciancia, Giuseppe; Morales, Mario; Melia, Raúl; Speranza, Tiago; Ortiz, Axel; Scotta, Damián; Suárez, Néstor; Aldinucci, Paolo; Montecchiari, Nicola; Wilberger, Aldo; Anzola, Marcos; Colazo, Carlos
2024MPBu...51..143C    Download PDF

Lightcurves Analysis of 1677 Tycho Brahe, 1802 Zhang Heng, and 18151 Licchelli
Pages 146-147
Franco, Lorenzo; Licchelli, Domenicio
2024MPBu...51..146F    Download PDF

Collaborative Asteroid Photometry form UAI: 2023 October-December
Pages 148-150
Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Iozzi, Marco; Baj, Giorgio; Scarfi, Giulio; Carbognani, Albino; Galli, Gianni; Aceti, Pietro; Banfi, Massimo; Fini, Paolo; Betti, Guido; Ruocco, Nello; Lombardo, Matteo
2024MPBu...51..148F    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Synodic Rotation Periods for 30 Asteroids from Sopot Astronomical Observatory: 2023 April - December
Pages 151-158
Benishek, Vladimir
2024MPBu...51..151B    Download PDF

Photometric Observations of Asteroids 1631 Kopff, 2244 Tesla, 2967 Vladisvyat and 9628 Sendaiotsuna
Pages 158-160
Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo
%R 2024MPBu...51..158M    Download PDF

Photometric Observations and Analysis Of Eight Asteroids From Malta, Slovakia And Estonia
Pages 161-166
Brincat, Stephen M.; Bucek, Marek; Galdies, Charles; Mifsud, Martin; Grech, Winston; Eenmäe, Tõnis
2024MPBu...51..161B    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Rotation Period Analysis of 1887 Virton and 4099 Wiggins
Pages 166-168
Hawley, W.; Miles, R.; Wiggins, P.; McCormick, J.; Watkins, A.; Kardasis, E.; Pilcher, F.; Arnold, S.
2024MPBu...51..166H    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Eight Main-belt and Three Near-Earth Asteroids
Pages 169-174
Fornas, Gonzalo; Huet, Fernando; Arce, Enrique; Barbera, Rafael; Fornas, Alvara; Fornas, Gonzalo, Jr.; Mas, Vicente
2024MPBu...51..169F    Download PDF

Synodic Rotation Period for Koronis Family Object (452) Hamiltonia
Pages 174-175
Wilkin, Francis P.; Maier, Joseph J.
2024MPBu...51..174W    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Derived Results for Koronis Family Member (452) Hamiltonia
Pages 176-179
Slivan, Stephen M.; Barrera, Kaylee; Colclasure, Abigail M.; Cusson, Erin M.; Larsen, Skylar S.; McLellan-Cassivi, Claire J.; Moulder, Summer A.; Nair, Prajna R.; Namphy, Paola D.; Neto, Orisvaldo S.; Maurielle I. Noto, Redden, Maya S.; Rhodes, Spencer J.; Youssef, Sandra A.
2024MPBu...51..176S    Download PDF

Lightcurves for Three Koronis Family Asteroids
Pages 180-181
Wilkin, Francis P.; Castro, Eduardo; Magno, Micaela; Petrauskas, Ryan; Zora, Dimitrios Vasileios
2024MPBu...51..180W    Download PDF

Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Center for Solar System Studies Palmer Divide Station: 2023 September-October
Pages 182-184
Warner, Brian D.
2024MPBu...51..182W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Nine Near-Earth Asteroids Observed between 2009 - 2023
Pages 184-191
Birtwhistle, Peter
2024MPBu...51..184B    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Colors of Seven Small Nearearth Asteroids: 2023 LQ1, 2023 LT1, 2023 MC, 2023 VQ5, 2023 VE6, 2023 VF6, 2023 VV7
Pages 192-196
Eluo, Jean-Baptiste Kikwaya; Hergenrother, C. W.
2024MPBu...51..192E    Download PDF

Satellite of 5457 Queen's Discovery and Confirmation by Two Stellar Occultations
Pages 197-201
Weber, Christian; Mánek, Jan; Dramonis, Serge; Meister, Stefan; Schweizer, Andreas; Antuszewicz, Daniel; Kubánek, Jirí; Rottenborn, Michal
2024MPBu...51..197W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2024 April-June
Pages 202-205
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A.M.
2024MPBu...51..202W    Download PDF

In This Issue
Pages 206
Warner, Brian D.
2024MPBu...51..206W    Download PDF

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