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.

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Minor Planet Bulletin
c/o Melissa Hayes-Gehrke
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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 48-3 (2021 Jul-Sep)
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In Memoriam: Derald D. Nye (1935-2021)
Pages 201
Binzel, Richard
2021MPBu...48..201B    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroids (21242) 1995 WZ41 and (44896) 1999 VB12
Pages 201-203
Odden, Caroline E.; Cahill, Claire; Darling, Victoria; Ellsweig, Ethan; Mao, Troy; Wang, Katherine; Xie, Yuxin; Zhou, Jeremy
2021MPBu...48..201O    Download PDF

Lightcurve Based Rotational Period for Asteroids 1995 WZ41 and 99942 Apophis
Pages 203-204
Loera-González, Pablo; Olguín, Lorenzo; Saucedo-Morales, Julio; Núñez-López, Ramona; Domínguez-González, Rafael
2021MPBu...48..203L    Download PDF

Rotational Period and Lightcurve Determination of 3390 Demanet and (18640) 1998 EF9
Pages 205-206
Noschese, Alfonso; Vecchione, Antonio
2021MPBu...48..205N    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for Asteroids 2243 Lonnrot, (10859) 1995 GJ7, (18640) 1998 EF9 and (49483) 1999 BP13
Pages 206-208
Marchini, Alessandro; Cavaglioni, Leonardo; Privitera, Chiara Angelica; Papini, Riccardo; Salvaggio, Fabio
2021MPBu...48..206M    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Rotation Period of the Tumbling Asteroid 1513 Matra
Pages 209
Pilcher, Frederick; Benishek, Vladimir
2021MPBu...48..209P    Download PDF

Determining the Rotational Period of Main-Belt Asteroid 282 Clorinde
Pages 210
Bonamico, Roberto; van Belle, Gerard
2021MPBu...48..210B    Download PDF

Rotation Period of Koronis Family Member (1442) Corvina
Pages 211-212
Silvan, Stephen M.; Wilkin, Francis P.
2021MPBu...48..211S    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry from the Preston Gott Observatory
Pages 213-214
Clark, Maurice
2021MPBu...48..2013C    Download PDF

Lightcurves of Four Asteroids
Pages 215-216
Ferrero, A.
2021MPBu...48..215F    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of 47 Aglaja, 504 Cora, 527 Euryanthe, 593 Titania, and 594 Mireille
Pages 217-218
Pilcher, Frederick
2021MPBu...48..217P    Download PDF

Collaborative Asteroid Photometry from UAI: 2021 January-March
Pages 219-222
Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Cavaglioni, Leonardo; Papini, Riccardo; Privitera, Chiara Angelica; Baj, Giorgio; Galli, Gianni; Scarfi, Giulio; Aceti, Pietro; Banfi, Massimo; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Mannucci, Massimiliano; Montigiani, Nico; Tinelli, Luciano; Mortari, Fabio
2021MPBu...48..219F    Download PDF

Photometric Obersvations of (68347) 2001 KB67, (494999) 2010 JU39, and (455432) 2003 RP8
Pages 223-224
Newcomb, Steven D.; Fieber-Beyer, Sherry K.
2021MPBu...48..223N    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroids 1939 Loretta, 2099 Opik, 2699 Kalinin, 2779 Mary, 3108 Lyubov, 5182 Bray, and 9098 Toshihiko
Pages 225-227
Fauerbach, Michael
2021MPBu...48..225F    Download PDF

Lightcurves of Fourteen Asteroids
Pages 228-233
Dose, Eric V.
2021MPBu...48..228D    Download PDF

357 Ninina and 748 Simeisa – Two Asteroids with Earth Commensurate Rotation Periods
Pages 233-235
Pilcher, Frederick; Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Oey, Julian
2021MPBu...48..233P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Ten Asteroids
Pages 236-238
Owings, Larry E.
2021MPBu...48..236O    Download PDF

Period Determinations for Twenty Asteroids
Pages 239-245
Polakis, Tom
2021MPBu...48..239P    Download PDF

Main-belt Asteroids Observed from CS3: 2021 January to March
Pages 246-267
Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.; Warner, Brian D.
2021MPBu...48..246S    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Spin Rates of Earth Co-orbital Asteroids
Pages 268-271
Borisov, Galin; Christou, Apostolos A.; Bagnulo, Stefano; Cellino, Alberto
2021MPBu...48..268B    Download PDF

1803: A Confirmed Binary Asteroid
Pages 272-273
Polakis, Tom; Stephens, Robert D.
2021MPBu...48..272P    Download PDF

On Confirmed and Suspected Binary Asteroids Observed at the Center for Solar System Studies
Pages 274-280
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.
2021MPBu...48..274W    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Rotation Period Determinations for 25 Asteroids
Pages 280-285
Benishek, Vladimir
2021MPBu...48..280B    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Nine Near-Earth Asteroids
Pages 286-293
Birtwhistle, Peter
2021MPBu...48..286B    Download PDF

Near-Earth Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2021 January - March
Pages 294-302
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.
2021MPBu...48..294W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Hilda Asteroids at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2021 January-March
Pages 303-308
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.
2021MPBu...48..303W    Download PDF

General Report of Position Observations by the ALPO Minor Planets Section for the Year 2020
Pages 309-312
Pilcher, Frederick
2021MPBu...48..309P    Download PDF

All in the Family: Upcoming Changes in the LCDB
Pages 313-315
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.
2021MPBu...48..313W    Download PDF

Spin-Shape Model for 374 Burgundia
Pages 316-318
Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo; Baj, Giorgio; Scarfi, Giulio; Mortari, Fabio; Aceti, Pietro; Schmidt, Richard E.; Koff, Robert A.
2021MPBu...48..316F    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2021 July-September
Pages 318-323
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A.M.
2021MPBu...48..318W    Download PDF

In This Issue
Pages 324
Warner, Brian D.
2021MPBu...48..324W    Download PDF

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