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
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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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Volume 1 (1973)

Issue 1-2 (1973 Oct-Dec)
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998 Bodea, 1272 Gefion, and 1141 Bohmia - three planets in need of observation
Pages 8-9
Marsden, B. G.
1973MPBu....1....8M    Download PDF

In the coming weeks, there is urgent need for observers with moderately large apertures to search tor three planets: 998 Bodea, 1272 Getion, and 1141 Babmia. In each of these cases, the planet's orbit is not well known according to Dr, Brian G. Marsden of the Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory, so it is important to track them down and obtain some accurate positions. Observers who have dark skies, suitably large equipnent, and some tracking experience are invited to participate. Negative as well as positive observations should be reported to the Minor Planets Section Recorder.

Book Review
Pages 9
Pilcher, F.; Meeus, J.
1973MPBu....1....9P    Download PDF

Review of Tables of Minor Planets

Perihelic opposition of 887 Alinda.
Pages 10-11
Not Available
1973MPBu....1...10.    Download PDF

In the closing months of 1973 and in early 1974, minor planet observers will have an unusual opportunity to observe the unusual planet 887 Alinda.

News Notes
Pages 11
Dunham, D. W.; Chapman, C. R.
1973MPBu....1...11D    Download PDF

Occultations of 10 Hygiea by the moon in late 1973

Section News
Pages 12-13
Not Available
1973MPBu....1Q..12.    Download PDF

Observations of 74 Galatea Reported

Occultation of 554 Peraga by the moon on November 7
Pages 12
Not Available
1973MPBu....1R..12.    Download PDF

On November 7, 1973, the 90% sunlit Moon, waxing, will occult planet 554 Peraga. This event will be visible from Africa. (except the southern and northwestern parts) and the Middle East excluding Turkey. The diameter of Peraga is unknown. Based on its observed brightness its diameter is roughly estimated at 50 km in Pilcher and Meeus, Tables of Minor Planets, Again it is unfortunate that we have no section members resident in the region of observab1lity.

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