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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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 50-2 (2023 Apr-Jun)
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Call for Volunteer to Maintain the Lightcurve Database
Pages 114
Pilcher, Frederick; Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50..114F    Download PDF

Revised Synodic Rotation Period for Asteroid 2243 Lonnrot
Pages 114-115
Marchini, Alessandro; Cavaglioni, Leonardo; Privitera, Chiara A.; Papini, Riccardo; Salvaggio, Fabio
2023MPBu...50..114M    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for Asteroid (11671) 1998 BG4
Pages 116
Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo
2023MPBu...50..116M    Download PDF

The Lightcurve and Rotation Period of 128 Nemesis 2022 August Through October
Pages 117-118
Pilcher, Frederick; Oey, Julian
2023MPBu...50..117P    Download PDF

Rotational Period Determination and Taxonomic Classification for Asteroid (1399) Teneriffa
Pages 118-119
Mannucci, Massimiliano; Montigiani, Nico; Aldinucci, Paolo
2023MPBu...50..118M    Download PDF

4376 Shigemori: An Asteroid with an Earth Commensurate Rotation Period
Pages 121-121
Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo; Franco, Lorenzo; Pilcher, Frederick; Oey; Julian
2023MPBu...50..120M    Download PDF

A Comprehensive Photometric Study of 603 Timandra
Pages 121-124
Pilcher, Frederick; Franco; Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Bachini, Mauro; Succi, Giacomo; Galli, Gianni; Bertagna, Luca; Iozzi, Marco; Squilloni, Alessio; Tombelli, Maura; Iozzi, Marco; Scarfi, Giulio
2023MPBu...50..121P    Download PDF

Rotation Period of Koronis Family Member (1497) Tampere
Pages 125-126
Slivan, Stephen M.; Brothers, Timothy C.; Colclasure, Abigail M.; Larsen, Skylar S.; McLellan-Cassivi, Claire J.; Neto, Orisvaldo S.; Noto, Maurielle I.; Redden, Maya S.; Wilkin, Francis P.; Das, Niha
2023MPBu...50..125S    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Two Near-Earth Asteroids
Pages 126-127
Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Bacci, Roberto
2023MPBu...50..126B    Download PDF

Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis for Near-Earth Asteroids 65803 Didymos, (86829) 2000 GR146 and 161989 Cacus
Pages 128-130
Panfichi, Aldo M.; Pajuelo, Myriam
2023MPBu...50..128P    Download PDF

Call for Observations
Pages 130
Pilcher, Frederick
2023MPBu...50..130P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Fourteen Near-Earth Asteroids Observed 2003 - 2022
Pages 131-142
Birtwhistle, Peter
2023MPBu...50..131B    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Synodic Rotation Periods for 17 Asteroids from Sopot Astronomical Observatory: 2022 June – 2023 January
Pages 142-147
Benishek, Vladimir
2023MPBu...50..142B    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry and Lightcurves of Twelve Asteroids – January 2023
Pages 147-150
Colazo, Milagros; Monteleone, Bruno; García, Alberto ; Morales, Mario; Santos, Francisco; Suárez, Néstor; Scotta, Damián; Fornari, César; Wilberger, Aldo; Melia, Raúl; Nolte, Ricardo; Stechina, Ariel; Ciancia, Giuseppe; Anzola, Marcos; Bellocchio, Ezequiel; Chapman, Andrés; Mottino, Aldo; Colazo, Carlos
2023MPBu...50..147C    Download PDF

Lightcurves of Twelve Asteroids
Pages 151-157
Dose, Eric V.
2023MPBu...50..151D    Download PDF

Main-Belt and Trojan Asteroids Observed from CS3: 2022 October-November
Pages 157-161
Stephens, Robert D.
2023MPBu...50..157S    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of 57 Mnemosyne, 645 Agrippina, and 987 Wallia
Pages 162-163
Pilcher, Frederick
2023MPBu...50..162P    Download PDF

Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Center for Solar System Studies: Palmer Divide Station 2022 September-November
Pages 164-170
Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50..164W    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Six Main-belt Asteroids
Pages 170-172
Huet; Fernando; Fornas, Gonzalo; Fornas, Alvaro
2023MPBu...50..170H    Download PDF

Collaborative Asteroid Photometry From Uai: 2022 October-December
Pages 173-176
Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Iozzi, Marco; Galli, Gianni; Montigiani, Nico; Mannucci, Massimiliano; Scarfi, Giulio; Coffano, Alessandro; Marinello, Wladimiro; Mattei, Andrea; Ruocco, Nello; Baj, Giorgio
2023MPBu...50..173F    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2023 April-June
Pages 176-180
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A. M.
2023MPBu...50..176W    Download PDF

In This Issue
Pages 181
Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50..181W    Download PDF

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