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.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 50-3 (2023 Jul-Sep)
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Lightcurve Analysis for Sixteen Main-Belt Asteroids
Pages 183-188
Fornas, Gonzalo ; Huet, Fernando; Arce, Enrique; Fornas, Alvaro
2023MPBu...50..183F    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of the Koronis Family Member 1840 Hus
Pages 189
Fornas, Gonzalo; Fornas, Alvaro; Arce, Enrique; Huet, Fernando
2023MPBu...50..189F    Download PDF

Lightcurve and Constraints on the Spin Vector of Koronis Family Member (1840) Hus: Illustrating Analysis of a Combined Data Set
Pages 190-193
Slivan, Stephen M.; McLellan-Cassivi, Claire J.; Serra-Ricart, Miquel; Alarcón, M.R.
2023MPBu...50..190S    Download PDF

An Improved Lightcurve and Rotation Period of 1178 Irmela
Pages 193-194
Pilcher, Frederick; Franco, Lorenzo; Scarfi, Giulio; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Fini, Paolo; Betti, Guido; Marchini, Alessandro
2023MPBu...50..193P    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for the Mars-Crossing Asteroid (97514) 2000 Dl1
Pages 195
Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo; Franco, Lorenzo
2023MPBu...50..195M    Download PDF

Broad-Band Photometric Monitoring of 2500 Alascattalo
Pages 196-197
Bentz, Misty C.; Das, Nabanita; Gregoire, Thomas; Hamilton, Jessica; Hossain, Sakib; Johns, Tim; LeBlanc, Madison; Mack, Shanice; Norrington, Blake L.; Patrick, Alton; Polack, Garrett; Saba, Tamima; Sherif, Yasmeen; Sloneker, Melodie; Vahdatinia, Sepehr; Wheeler, Ashley
2023MPBu...50..196B    Download PDF

Lightcurves and Rotation Periods of 111 Ate, 169 Zelia, 421 Zahringia, and 580 Selene
Pages 197-199
Pilcher, Frederick
2023MPBu...50..197P    Download PDF

Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis of Two Mars-Crossing Asteroids: (106848) 2000 YP16 and (133090) 2003 MS9
Pages 200-201
Michimani, Jonatan; Lazzaro, Daniela; Monteiro, Filipe; Rondón, Eduardo; Arcoverde, Plícida; Evangelista-Santana, Marçal; Pereira, Weslley; Mesquita, Wesley; Corrêa, Tatiane; Souza, Roberto
2023MPBu...50..200M    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Two Near-Earth Asteroids Observed in January 2023
Pages 202-205
Birtwhistle, Peter
2023MPBu...50..202B    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis of Two Near-Earth Asteroids
Pages 206-207
Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina
2023MPBu...50..206B    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis of 1037 Davidweilla, 1369 Ostanina, 1718 Namibia, 4221 Picasso, 4368 Pillmore, 4901 O’Briain, 6223-Dahl, and 7353 Kazuya
Pages 208-210
Farfán, Rafael González; de la Cuesta, Faustino García; Fernández, Javier Ruiz; Mañanes, Esteban Fernández; Ribes, Noelia Graciá; Carballo, Juan-Luis González; De Elías Cantalapiedra, Javier; Casal, Jesús Delgado; Alonso, E. Díez
2023MPBu...50..208F    Download PDF

Lightcurves for Ten Minor Planets
Pages 211-214
Polakis, Tom
2023MPBu...50..211P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Analysis for Four Main Belt Asteroids
Pages 215-216
Casalnuovo, Giovanni Battista
2023MPBu...50..215C    Download PDF

Asteroid Lightcurve Analysis at the Center for Solar System Studies Palmer Divide Station: 2023 January-February
Pages 217-221
Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50..217W    Download PDF

Lightcurves of Nine Asteroids
Pages 223-227
Dose, Eric V.
2023MPBu...50..223D    Download PDF

Collaborative Asteroid Photometry from UAI: 2023 January-March
Pages 228-232
Franco, Lorenzo; Marchini, Alessandro; Papini, Riccardo; Iozzi, Marco; Scarfi, Giulio; Galli, Gianni; Fini, Paolo; Betti, Guido; Coffano, Alessandro; Marinello, Wladimiro; Bacci, Paolo; Maestripieri, Martina; Ruocco, Nello; Mortari, Fabio; Gabellini, Davide; Baj, Giorgio; Lombardo, Matteo; Aceti, Pietro; Banfi, Massimo; Tinelli, Luciano
2023MPBu...50..228F    Download PDF

Rotational Period and Lightcurve Determination for Five Minor Planets
Pages 232-234
Wiles, Mike
2023MPBu...50..232W    Download PDF

Asteroid Photometry and Lightcurve Analysis for Eight Asteroids
Pages 235-238
Colazo, Milagros; Fornari, César; Ciancia, Giuseppe; Scotta, Damián; Morales, Mario; Melia, Raúl; Wilberger, Aldo; Suárez, Néstor; Monteleone, Bruno; García, Alberto; Anzola, Marcos; Santos, Francisco; Mottino, Aldo; Colazo, Carlos
2023MPBu...50..235C    Download PDF

Rotation Period Determination for Asteroid 2023 DZ2
Pages 238
Sioulas, Nick
2023MPBu...50..238S    Download PDF

General Report of Position Observations by the ALPO Minor Planets Section for the Year 2022
Pages 239-240
Pilcher, Frederick
2023MPBu...50..239P    Download PDF

Lightcurve Photometry Opportunities: 2023 July-September
Pages 240-244
Warner, Brian D.; Harris, Alan W.; Durech, Josef; Benner, Lance A.M.
2023MPBu...50..240W    Download PDF

In This Issue
Pages 245
Warner, Brian D.
2023MPBu...50..245W    Download PDF

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