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 22-4 (1995 Oct-Dec)
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CCD Photometry of 1252 Celestia
Pages 39-40
Worman, W. E.
1995MPBu...22...39W    Download PDF

CCD observations were made of 1252 Celestia in February and March 1995 when it was at a favorable opposition. The synodic period of rotation was found to be 10.636 ± O.0.015 hours and the light curve had an amplitude of 0.258 ± 0.012 magnitudes.

CCD Photometry of 16 Psyche
Pages 40-41
Brown, R. W.; Neely, A. W.
1995MPBu...22...40B    Download PDF

CCD observations of the asteroid 16 Psyche were made at the NF/Observatory at two different oppositions. Exposures were made on nine nights in May and June, 1993. Additional exposures were made on UT August 14, 1994. The spin vector was determined using the amplitude and magnitude method. The calculated pole position was found to be near ecliptic latitude 9 degrees and longitude 222 degrees. Additionally, a Vmax of 5.80 at the minimwn asswned aspect angle was derived. This is 0.2 magnitude less than reported from the 1973 opposition.

Photoelectric Photometry of 16 Psyche and 40 Harmonia
Pages 42
Melillo, F. J.
1995MPBu...22...42M    Download PDF

Photoelectric photometry observations of asteroids 16 Psyche and 40 Hannonia were made in the second half of 1994. The observed amplitudes were about 0.35 and 0.13 magnitudes, respectively, and their measured rotation periods are consistent with their tabulated values.

Lightcurve Observations of Minor Planets 1508 Kemi and 2014 Vasilevskis
Pages 43-44
Holliday, B.
1995MPBu...22...43H    Download PDF

Photomettic observations of the minor planets 1508 Kerni and 2014 Vasilevskis were made in March and April1995. For 1508, the period was found to be either 11.36 or 10.32 ± 0.2 hours. The amplitude of the lightcurve was 0.55 ± 0.07 magnitudes. For 2014, the period was found to be 36.25 hours ± 0.3 hours and the amplitude of the lightcurve was 0.30 ± 0.05 magnitudes.

Photoelectric Photometry Opportunities: November-January
Pages 45
Harris, A. W.; Zappalá, V.
1995MPBu...22...45H    Download PDF

The table below lists asteroids that come to opposition during the months of November through January that represent useful targets for photoelectric or CCD photometry observations.

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