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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Volume 29 (2002)

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Volume 20 (1993)

Volume 19 (1992)

Volume 18 (1991)

Volume 17 (1990)

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Volume 15 (1988)

Volume 14 (1987)

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Volume 12 (1985)

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Issue 47-4 (2020 Oct-Dec)
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Rotation Period Determination for Asteroids 992 Swasey and 3096 Bezruc
Pages 265-267
Marchini, Alessandro; Conti, Massimo; Vallerani, Claudio; Papini, Riccardo; Salvaggio, Fabio
2020MPBu...47..265M    Download PDF

Preliminary Spin-Shape Model for 755 Quintilla
Pages 267-269
Franco, Lorenzo; Buchheim, Robert K.; Pray, Donald; Fauerbach, Michael; Mortari, Fabio; Casalnuovo, Giovanni Battista; Chinaglia, Benedetto; Scarfi, Giulio; Papini, Riccardo; Salvaggio, Fabio
2020MPBu...47..267F    Download PDF

Pages 269
Franco, L.; Marchini, A.; Saya, L.-F.; Galli, G.; Baj, G.; Ruocco, N.; Mannucci, M.; Montigiani, N.; Tinelli, L.; Scarfi, G.; Aceti, P.; Banfi, M.; Bacci, P.; Maestripieri, M.; Papini, R.; Salvaggio F.; Mortari, F.; Bachini, M.; Casalnuovo, G.B.; Chinaglia, B.
2020MPBu...47..269F    Download PDF

Collaborative Asteroid Photometry from UAI: 2020 April-June
Pages 270-272
Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Scarfi, Giulio; Papini, Riccardo; Salvaggio, Fabio; Baj, Giorgio; Galli, Gianni; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Luciano, Tinelli
2020MPBu...47..270F    Download PDF

Spin-Shape Model for 50 Virginia
Pages 272-274
Franco, Lorenzo; Pilcher, Frederick
2020MPBu...47..272F    Download PDF

Main-Belt Asteroids Observed from CS3: 2020 April to June
Pages 275-284
Stephens, Robert D.; Warner, Brian D.
2020MPBu...47..275S    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of L5 Trojan Asteriods at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2020 April to June
Pages 285-289
Stephens, Robert D.; Warner, Brian D.
2020MPBu...47..285S    Download PDF

Near-Earth Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2020 April - June
Pages 290-304
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.
2020MPBu...47..290W    Download PDF

Binary Asteroids at the Center for Solar System Studies
Pages 305-308
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Harris, Alan W.
2020MPBu...47..305W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Hilda Asteroids at the Center for Solar System Studies: 1529 Oterma And 17428 Charleroi
Pages 309-313
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.
2020MPBu...47..309W    Download PDF

Photometric Observations of Twenty-Seven Minor Planets
Pages 314-321
Polakis, Tom
2020MPBu...47..314P    Download PDF

A Search for Mutual Eclipse Events of the Asynchronous Binary Asteroid 1016 Anitra
Pages 322-323
Lang, Kim
2020MPBu...47..322L    Download PDF

A New Photometric Workflow and Lightcurves of Fifteen Asteroids
Pages 324-330
Dose, Eric V.
2020MPBu...47..324D    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2020 October-December
Pages 330-335
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A.M.
2020MPBu...47..330W    Download PDF

Rotational Period and Lightcurve of 7910 Aleksola
Pages 336-337
Noschese, Alfonso; Ruocco, Nello; Vecchione, Antonio
2020MPBu...47..336N    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis at Gora’S Observatories – Part II.
Pages 337-339
Colazo, Lic. Milagros; Fornari, César; Santucho, Marcos; Mottino, Aldo; Colazo, Carlos; Melia, Raúl; Suarez, Néstor; Vasconi, Nicolás; Arias, Daniela; Stechina, Ariel; Scotta, Damián; García, José; Pittari, Claudio; Ferrero, Guillermo
2020MPBu...47..337C    Download PDF

The 2019 Mexican Asteroid Photometry Campaign
Pages 340-342
Olguín, L.; Saucedo, J. C.; Loera-González, P.; Contreras, M. E.; Valdés, J. R.; Guichard, J.; López-González, R.; Michimani-García, J.; Cerdán-Hernández, G.; Schuster, W. J.; Valdés-Sada, P.; Núñez-López, R.; Ayala-Gómez, S. A.
2020MPBu...47..340O    Download PDF

Measured Lightcurves and Rotational Periods of 1132 Hollandia and 1184 Gaea
Pages 343-344
Fauerbach, Michael
2020MPBu...47..343F    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of 50 Virginia, 57 Mnemosyne, 58 Concordia, 59 Elpis, 78 Diana, and 529 Preziosa
Pages 344-346
Pilcher, Frederick
2020MPBu...47..344P    Download PDF

Determining the Rotational Periods and Lightcurves of Three Main-Belt Asteroids
Pages 347-348
Bonamico, Roberto
2020MPBu...47..347B    Download PDF

Lightcurve Based Rotational Period Determination for Asteroids 1579 Herrick and 2171 Kiev
Pages 348-349
Loera-González, Pablo; Olguín, Lorenzo; Saucedo-Morales, Julio; Nuñez-López, Ramona
2020MPBu...47..348L    Download PDF

Call for Observations of the Active Centaur 29P/Schwassmann-Wachmann
Pages 350-352
Womack, Maria; Sarid, Gal; Harris, Walter; Wierzchos, Kacper; Woodney, Laura
2020MPBu...47..350W    Download PDF

Rotational Periods of Three Main-Belt Asteroids
Pages 352-353
Ferrero, Andrea
2020MPBu...47..352F    Download PDF

Index to Volume 47
Pages 354-357
Valdés-Sada, Pedro
2020MPBu...47..353V    Download PDF

In This Issue
Pages 356-357
Warner, Brian D.
2020MPBu...47..356W    Download PDF

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