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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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
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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 48-4 (2021 Oct-Dec)
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Lightcurve Photometry of Asteroid (15989) 1998 XK39
Pages 327-328
Sani, Idris Abubakar; Offor, Peter; Okere, Raphael; Onyeuwaoma, Nnaemeka; Obi, Ikechukwu; Ofodum, Chukwujekwu; Okere, Bonaventure
2021MPBu...48..327    Download PDF

Observations of 148 Gallia
Pages 328-329
Thomas, Neil B.; Lopez, Patrick R.
2021MPBu...48..328T    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for (13832) 1999 XR13
Pages 330
Marchini, Alessandro; Cavaglioni, Leonardo; Privitera, Chiara Angelica; Papini, Riccardo; Salvaggio, Fabio
2021MPBu...48..330M    Download PDF

Lightcurves, Sidereal Rotation Period, Spin Pole, and Convex Model Shape of Koronis Family Member (1443) Ruppina
Pages 331-334
Slivan, Stephen M.
2021MPBu...48..331S    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Hilda Asteroids at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2021 February-March
Pages 334-336
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.
2021MPBu...48..334W    Download PDF

Near-Earth Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2021 March - April
Pages 337-340
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.
2021MPBu...48..337W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Six Near-Earth Asteroids
Pages 341-345
Birtwhistle, Peter
2021MPBu...48..341B    Download PDF

Ultra-Fast Rotators: Results and Recommendations for Observing Strategies
Pages 346-352
Birtwhistle, Peter
2021MPBu...48..346B    Download PDF

Serendipitous Asteroids
Pages 352-357
Mieczkowska, Iga; Marciniak, Anna; Hirsch, Roman; Kaminski, Krzysztof; Kaminska, Monika K.; Polinska, Magdalena; Oszkiewicz, Dagmara; Sobkowiak, Krzysztof; Wróblewski, Radoslaw; Zukowski, Kamil; Pakštiene, Erika; Ogloza, Waldemar; Drózdz, Marek
2021MPBu...48..352M    Download PDF

On Confirmed and Suspected Binary Asteroids Observed at the Center for Solar System Studies
Pages 358-360
Warner, Brian D.; Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.
2021MPBu...48..358W    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of 420 Bertholda, 664 Judith, and 2779 Mary
Pages 360-361
Pilcher, Frederick
2021MPBu...48..360P    Download PDF

Photometric Observations of 755 Quintilla and 1132 Hollandia
Pages 362-363
Fauerbach, Michael; Fauerbach, Matthew
2021MPBu...48..362F    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis at GORA’S Observatories, Part V.
Pages 363-365
Colazo, Milagros; Fornari, César; Wilberger, Aldo; Morales, Mario; Bellocchio, Ezequiel; Pulver, Eduardo; Scotta, Damián; Suárez, Néstor; Melia, Raúl; Santos, Francisco; Mottino, Aldo; Stechina, Ariel; García, Alberto; Chapman, Andrés; Colazo, Carlos
2021MPBu...48..363C    Download PDF

Determining Lightcurves and Rotational Periods of Four Main Belt Asteriods
Pages 366-367
Teer, Allan
2021MPBu...48..366T    Download PDF

CCD Photometric Observations of Asteroids 2984 Chaucer, (26206) 1997 PJ4, (87035) 2000 KE2, and 2015 NU13
Pages 368-369
Zeigler, Kenneth
2021MPBu...48..368Z    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Asteroids 1228 Scabiosa and 12016 Green
Pages 370-371
Odden, Caroline; Bingham, Lola; Cordover, Sofia; Darling, Victoria; DiNatale, Amanda; Hsieh, George; Kusaka, Reimi; Lin, Jeremy; Mao, Troy; Marquis, Katherine; Merove, Paulkichna; Mittal, Tanush; Yarynich, Olha
2021MPBu...48..370O    Download PDF

Collaborative Asteroid Photometry from UAI: 2021 April-June
Pages 372-374
Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Iozzi, Marco; Scarfi, Giulio; Montigiani, Nico; Mannucci, Massimiliano; Aceti, Pietro; Banfi, Massimo; Mortari, Fabio; Galli, Gianni; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Valvasori, Adriano; Guido, Ernesto
2021MPBu...48..372F    Download PDF

Lightcurves of Twelve Asteroids
Pages 375-380
Dose, Eric V.
2021MPBu...48..375D    Download PDF

Main-belt Asteroids Observed from CS3: 2021 April-May
Pages 380-387
Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.; Warner, Brian D.
2021MPBu...48..380S    Download PDF

Rotational Period and Lightcurve Determination of 755 Quintilla, 2699 Kalinin, 3523 Arina, 5182 Bray, 5401 Minamioda, 5405 Neverland, (7288) 1991 FE1, and 18418 Ujibe
Pages 388-391
Fauerbach, Michael
2021MPBu...48..388F    Download PDF

Rotation Period Analysis for Five Asteroids
Pages 391-393
Colazo, Milagros; Santos, Francisco; Fornari, César; Scotta, Damián; Suárez, Néstor; García, Alberto; Morales, Mario; Stechina, Ariel; Martini, Matías; Melia, Raúl; Chapman, Andrés; Bellocchio, Ezequiel; Wilberger, Aldo; Anzola, Marcos; Mottino, Aldo; Colazo, Carlos
2021MPBu...48..391C    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Thirteen Minor Planets
Pages 394-398
Polakis, Tom
2021MPBu...48..394P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of L4 and L5 Trojan Asteroids at the Center for Solar System Studies: 2021 April To June
Pages 398-402
Stephens, Robert D.; Coley, Daniel R.; Warner, Brian D.
2021MPBu...48..398S    Download PDF

Caveat Emptor: Spurious Spin Vectors from Incorrect Sidereal Periods
Pages 403-405
Slivan, Stephen M.
2021MPBu...48..403S    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2021 October-December
Pages 406-410
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A.M.
2021MPBu...48..406W    Download PDF

Index to Volume 48
Pages 411-413
Valdés Sada; Pedro A.; Binzel, Richard P.
2021MPBu...48..411S    Download PDF

In This Issue
Pages 413-414
Warner, Brian D.; Valdés Sada; Pedro A.
2021MPBu...48..413W    Download PDF

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