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.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 39-4 (2012 Oct-Dec)
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8077 Hoyle: a Short Period Asteroid
Pages 203
Klinglesmith III, Daniel A.; Risley, Ethan; Turk, Janek; Vargas, Angelica; Han Xiaming L.; Heffner, Orry R.; Kidd, Adam W.; Magnetta, Bradley J.; Rastede, Frederick W.
2012MPBu...39..203K    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for 247 Eukrate
Pages 204
Pilcher, Frederick; Delos, Shelby; Ahrendts, Gary; Barker, Timothy
2012MPBu...39..204P    Download PDF

Epoch Data in Sidereal Period Determination. I. Initial Constraint from Closest Epochs
Pages 204-206
Slivan, Stephen M.
2012MPBu...39..204S    Download PDF

A Determination of the Rotational Period of 8882 Sakaetamura
Pages 206-207
Warren, Curtis Alan
2012MPBu...39..206W    Download PDF

Light Curve for 8345 Ulmerspatz
Pages 207-209
Klinglesmith III, Daniel A.; Ferrero, Andrea; Odden, Caroline; Strabla, Luca; Quadri, Ulisse; Girelli, Roberto
2012MPBu...39..207K    Download PDF

Lightcurves of 2423 Ibarruri and 8345 Ulmerspatz
Pages 209-211
Buchheim, Robert K.
2012MPBu...39..209B    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Rotation Period Determination for Minor Planet 3397 Leyla
Pages 212-213
Foylan, Mike
2012MPBu...39..212F    Download PDF

Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Oakley Southern Sky Observatory: 2012 January-April
Pages 213-216
Moravec, Patricia; Cochren, Joseph; Gerhardt, Michael; Harris, Andrew; Karnemaat, Ryan; Melton, Elizabeth; Stolze, Kellen; West, Josh; Ditteon, Richard
2012MPBu...39..213M    Download PDF

A Request to Post Your Lightcurve Inversions Models
Pages 213
Pilcher, Frederick; Durech, Josef
2012MPBu...39..213P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Inversion of 47035 (1998 WS)
Pages 216-220
Warner, Brian D.; Klinglesmith III, Daniel A.; Skiff, Brian A.
2012MPBu...39..216W    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determinations for 47 Aglaja, 252 Clementina, 611 Valeria, 627 Charis, and 756 Lilliana
Pages 220-222
Pilcher, Frederick
2012MPBu...39..220P    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for 801 Helwerthia
Pages 222-225
Pilcher, Frederick; Ferrero, Andrea; Inasaridze, Raguli Ya.; Krugly, Yurij N.; Molotov, Igor E.; Oey, Julian; Strabla, Luca Pietro; Quadri, Ulisse; Girelli, Roberto
2012MPBu...39..222P    Download PDF

Lightcurve for 2074 Shoemaker
Pages 225
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.
2012MPBu...39..225W    Download PDF

Asteroids Observed from Santana, CS3 and GMARS Observatories: 2012 April - June
Pages 226-228
Stephens, Robert D.
2012MPBu...39..226S    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for 482 Petrina
Pages 228-229
Pilcher, Frederick; Ferrero, Andrea; Oey, Julian
2012MPBu...39..228P    Download PDF

Lightcurve for the Hungaria Binary 5477 Holmes
Pages 230-231
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Coley Daniel
2012MPBu...39..230W    Download PDF

Lightcurve for 1090 Sumida
Pages 231
Warner, Brian D.; Megna, Ralph
2012MPBu...39..231W    Download PDF

Lightcurve for 7758: A Possible Binary?
Pages 232-233
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Pravec, Petr; Kusnirak, Peter; Hornoch, Kamil; Stephens, Robert D.; Pray, Donald P.; Husarik, Marek; Pollock, Joseph; Reichart, Daniel E.; Ivarsen, Kevin M.; Nysewander, Melissa C.; LaCluyze, Aaron P.
2012MPBu...39..232W    Download PDF

Lightcurve for 205 Martha
Pages 233-234
Stephens, Robert D.; Warner, Brian D.
2012MPBu...39..233S    Download PDF

Shape and Spin Axis Model for 161 Athor
Pages 234-236
Franco, Lorenzo; Pilcher, Frederick; Higgins, David; Durech, Josef
2012MPBu...39..234F    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Four Asteroids
Pages 236-238
Odden, Caroline; French, John; Briggs, John
2012MPBu...39..236O    Download PDF

Lightcurve for NEA 2012 KP24
Pages 238-239
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Coley Daniel
2012MPBu...39..238W    Download PDF

Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at Riverland Dingo Observatory: 1394 Algoa, 1660 Wood, 8882 Sakaetamura, and (15269) 1990 XF
Pages 239-240
Hills, Kevin
2012MPBu...39..239H    Download PDF

Lightcurve for 7958 Leakey: A New Hungaria Binary
Pages 240-241
Warner, Brian D.; Coley, Daniel; Harris, Alan W.
2012MPBu...39..240W    Download PDF

Lightcurves for Shape Modeling: 852 Wladilena, 1089 Tama, and 1180 Rita
Pages 242-244
Polishook, David
2012MPBu...39..242P    Download PDF

Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Palmer Divide Observatory: 2012 March - June
Pages 245-252
Warner, Brian D.
2012MPBu...39..245W    Download PDF

Lightcurve for NEA 2012 LZ1
Pages 252-253
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Sherrod, P. Clay; Bacci, Paolo; Franco, Lorenzo; Pollock, Joseph; Reichart; Daniel E.; Ivarsen, Kevin M.; Nysewander, Melissa C.; LaCluyze, Aaron P.
2012MPBu...39..252W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2012 October-December
Pages 254-259
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Pravec, Petr; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A.M.
2012MPBu...39..254W    Download PDF

Index to Volume 39
Pages 260-262
Werner, Robert
2012MPBu...39..260W    Download PDF

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