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
1113 PSC Bldg 415
College Park, MD 20742

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 30-4 (2003 Oct-Dec)
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Photometry of 628 Christine, 754 Malabar, 815 Coppelia, and 1025 Riema
Pages 69-70
Stephens, Robert D.
2003MPBu...30...69S    Download PDF

Results for the follwing asteroids (lightcurve period and amplitude) observed from Santana Observatory during the period April to June 2003 are reported: 628 Christine (16.135 0.01 hours and 0.22 mag.), 754 Malabar (11.740 0.005 hours and 0.45 mag.), 815 Coppelia (4.421 0.005 hours and 0.24 mag.), 1025 Riema (3.580 0.005 hours and 0.14 mag.).

A Web-based tool to calculate observability of Koronis program asteroids
Pages 71-72
Slivan, Stephen M.
2003MPBu...30...71S    Download PDF

Results derived from rotation lightcurve studies of asteroids in the Koronis family have recently attracted much interest in the asteroid research community. I've developed a software application to identify which Koronis program objects that are in need of rotation lightcurve data are observable on a given date from a given location. This tool is now accessible on the Web at Observers who wish to participate in the ongoing observing program may use this tool for targeting these objects' lightcurves.

Instructions for Authors
Pages 72
Binzel, Richard P.
2003MPBu...30...72B    Download PDF

The Minor Planet Bulletin is open to papers on all aspects of minor planet study. Theoretical, observational, historical, review, and other topics from amateur and professional astronomers are welcome.

CCD photometric observations of the minor planet 4979 Otawara
Pages 73
Fauvaud, Stephane; Fauvaud, Marcel; Paschke, Anton
2003MPBu...30...73F    Download PDF

The minor planet 4979 Otawara was observed during its 2001-2002 opposition. Unfiltered photometric CCD observations have revealed a 0.28 0.03 mag peak-to-peak amplitude and a rotation period consistent with the 2.707 h value already known.

The Minor Planet Observer - Meetings of Minds
Pages 74-75
Warner, Brian
2003MPBu...30...74W    Download PDF

As promised in the last issue, I thought I would give a summary of the IAPPP-West and MPAPW 2003 meetings.

Asteroid photometry using a remote, commercial telescope: results for asteroids 808, 1225, and 28753
Pages 76-77
Ditteon, Richard; Tollefson, Eric; Twarek, Andrew
2003MPBu...30...76D    Download PDF

CCD images taken with the Tenagra Observatory 0.81-m telescope were used to plot lightcurves for three main-belt asteroids. A period of 4.993 0.001 h was found for asteroid (28753) 2000 HA. A period of 5.505 0.002 h was found for 1225 Ariane. Also, a period of 30.631 h was confirmed for 808 Merxia.

CCD photometry of 934 Thuringia
Pages 77-78
Worman, W. E.; Fieber, Sherry; Newman, Matthew G.; Kirby, Monica
2003MPBu...30...77W    Download PDF

The asteroid 934 Thuringia was observed for two nights using CCD photometry during the month of October 1998. The period of rotation was 8.166 0.006 hours, and the lightcurve had amplitude of 0.66 0.03 magnitudes.

Asteroid Photometry Opportunities October-December 2003
Pages 78-79
Kaasalainen, Mikko; Pravec, Petr; Harris, Alan W.; Warner, Brian
2003MPBu...30...78K    Download PDF

This time we would like to point out some markers along the path from photometry to detailed asteroid shape and spin models. We cannot overemphasize the fact that all data are valuable (and will be used, most of them soon after the observation).

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