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
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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 19-4 (1992 Oct-Dec)
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The 1992 Close Approach by 4179 Toutatis: A Call for Observations
Pages 27
Binzel, R. P.; Harris, A. W.
1992MPBu...19...27B    Download PDF

On 1992 December 8, the near-Earth asteroid 4179 Toutatis will pass within 0.024 AU of the Earth, a distance of less than 10 times that of the Moon. As reported by Sicoli and Cavagna (MPB _li!, No. 2, page 17), Toutatis will not make an encounter closer than this one until 2004. Thus this apparition marks a good chance for observers to see this small minor planet, estimated to be only about 3 km in diameter. During its close approach, observers who locate Toutatis or capture it on film should be able to detect its motion or record a trail within a few minutes.

CCD Photometry of Asteroid 16 Psyche
Pages 28-29
Neely, A. W.
1992MPBu...19...28N    Download PDF

Photometric obsetvations of the asteroid 16 Psyche were made during its 1992 apparition using a CCD detector at the NFI Obsetvatory. The synodic rotational period was 4.196 ± 0.005 hrs. The lightcutve amplitude was 0.19 ± 0.02 magnitudes. These results agree well with previous studies.

Photoelectric Photometry of 10 Hygiea
Pages 29-30
Lagerkvist, C.-I.; Oja, T.; Pohjolainen, S.; Erikson, A.
1992MPBu...19...29L    Download PDF

UBV photometry was performed of 10 Hygiea during nine nights in October, November and December 1992. A composite lightcurve is presented favouring a rotation period of 27.62 hours.

Observing Programs of the Minor Planets Section Circolo Astrofili Di Milano
Pages 31
Foglia, S.
1992MPBu...19...31F    Download PDF

The Minor Planets Section of Circolo Astrofili di Milano was established In November 1991. It promotes observing programs and research activities for amateur astronomers. It also collaborates with the Minor Planets Sections of the Unione Astrofill Italiani (where I coordinate the visual programs) and the Association of Lunar and Planetary Observers. At the moment, our programs include visual astrometry, visual photometry. and photographic astrometry.

CCD Photometry of Asteroid 487 Venetia
Pages 31-32
Neely, A. W.
1992MPBu...19...31N    Download PDF

Photometric observations of the asteroid 487 Venetia were made during its 1992 apparition using a CCD detector at the NFI Observatory. The synodic rotational period, which was previously unknown, was determined to be 12.73 ± 0.12 hrs. The lightcurve amplitude was 0.30 ± 0.02 magnitudes.

CCD Photometry of 141 Lumen
Pages 33
Wetterer, C. J.; Flower, T. F.
1992MPBu...19...32W    Download PDF

CCD photometry of the asteroid 141 Lumen is reported. The observations indicate a rotation period greater than 18 hours with an amplitude of at least 0.2 magnitudes.

Asteroid News Notes
Pages 33-36
Tholen, D. J.
1992MPBu...19...33T    Download PDF

Through the August 13 batch of Minor Planet Circulars, 226 asteroids were newly numbered since the last installment of News Notes, bringing the numbered total to 5297.

Astrometric Positions of Minor Planets
Pages 36
Pryal, J.
1992MPBu...19...36P    Download PDF

The following precise astrometric positions have been measured from photographs obtained by the author. The location of each observing site follows each set. The photographs were measured using the Digitized Stage Microscope, at the University of Washington.

Photoelectric Photometry Opportunities: November-January
Pages 37
Harris, A. W.; Zappalá, V.
1992MPBu...19...37H    Download PDF

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

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