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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:

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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 11-4 (1984 Oct-Dec)
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A Photometric Geodesy Program For Main Belt Asteroids
Pages 31-33
Levy, David H.; Davis, Donald R.; Weidenschilling, Stuart J.; Chapman, Clark R.; Greenberg, Richard
1984MPBu...11...31L    Download PDF

This article describes a long-term program to measure the lightcurves of several main belt asteroids, to test whether they have shapes similar to fluid bodies in equilibrium.

Photoelectric Photometry of Asteroid 60 Echo
Pages 33-34
Florence, W. B.; Ziegler, K. W.
1984MPBu...11...33F    Download PDF

A synodic rotational period for Echo of 25.2080.048 hours was determined. The observed amplitude of the lightcurve was 0.220.02 magnitudes.

The Phase Coefficient of 18 Melpoomene as Determined by Visual Observations
Pages 34-35
Panther, R.; Binzel, Richard P.
1984MPBu...11...34P    Download PDF

Visual magnitude estimates of 18 Melpomene were made throughout its 1981 apparition. Analysis of the observations made at phase angles > 7 degrees yield a linear phase coefficient of 0.028 0.002 mag/deg, in excellent agreement with the mean value for S-type asteroids. Linear extrapolation to zero degrees phase angle implies a V magnitude of 6.88.

Book Review: Solar System Photometry Handbook
Pages 35-36
Tholen, David J.
1984MPBu...11...35T    Download PDF

In the past, photoelectric photometry was an art practiced only by professional astronomers who had access to expensive, custom-made equipment. Recently, however, relatively inexpensive photometers have appeared commercially, thereby providing amateurs the opportunity to obtain photometric observations of various astronomical objects. The professional, however, has a thirty year head-start over the amateur, and many amateurs may wonder if there is anything left for them to do with a photometer on a small telescope. If this is the case for you, then this is the book for you! The book is loaded with discussions of just what opportunities remain for amateur photoelectric photometry of solar system objects.

Photoelectric Photometry Opportunities: "Nov. 1984-Jan. 1985"
Pages 37-38
Harris, Alan W.; Zappala, Vincent
1984MPBu...11...37H    Download PDF

The table below lists asteroids which come to opposition during the months of November 1984 - January 1985 that represent useful targets for photoelectric photometry observations. Observations are needed because the asteroid has either an unknown or ambiguous rotational period or because the asteroid will be observable at a very low phase angle.

Low Phase Angle Asteroids
Pages 38-39
Tholen, David J.
1984MPBu...11...38T    Download PDF

As promised in the last issue. here is a continuation of the list of low phase angle asteroids.

Computer Tracking Charts
Pages 39-41
John, Jost
1984MPBu...11...39J    Download PDF

To aid in photographing asteroids, a computer program is used to generate finding charts for the selection of guide stars. The data base contains all asteroids with a given minimum magnitude and the stars from the Yale catalogue down to 7th magnitude.

Letter Regarding William Herschel
Pages 39
Loguirato, June
1984MPBu...11...39L    Download PDF

I enjoyed reading "William Herschel and the First Two Asteroids" (MPB v. 11 p. 3), but author Cunningham failed to tell you an interesting fact about the meeting of Herschel and Piazzi. According to Isaac Asimov, (Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology) when Piazzi visited England "... he had the doubtful privilege of falling off the ladder at the side of Herschel's great reflector and breaking his arm."

Asteroid News Notes
Pages 41-42
Tholen, David J.
1984MPBu...11...41T    Download PDF

Through the August batch of Minor Planet Circulars (MPCs), 72 new asteroids were numbered, bringing the total to 3104.

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