The Minor Planet Bulletin
BULLETIN OF THE MINOR PLANETS SECTION OF THE ASSOCIATION OF LUNAR AND PLANETARY OBSERVERS


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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.

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Issue 10-4 (1983 Oct-Dec)
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Minor Planets at Unusually Favorable Opposition in 1984
Pages 23-26
Pilcher, Frederick
1983MPBu...10...23P    Download PDF

A list is presented of minor planets which are much brighter than usual at their 1984 oppositions. Several planets for which observations are especially useful are individually detailed, including the closest approach of 2101 Adonis, as found by Edwin Goffin, until the year 2036.

European Satellite Studies of Minor Planets
Pages 26-27
Cunnigham, Clifford J.
1983MPBu...10...26C    Download PDF

Three European Space Agency satellites capable of observing minor planets are reviewed. One, IRAS, has alreadv been launched. The second, Hipparcos, is scheduled for launch in 1986, while the third, AGORA, is currentlv being considered.

Asteroids Targeted for Arecibo Radar Observations in 1984
Pages 27
Ostro, Steven J.
1983MPBu...10...27O    Download PDF

A list of radar targets currently planned for Arecibo observations in 1984 is presented to encourage observers to obtain supporting physical observations. Photoelectric lightcurves are especially needed to fully interpret the radar data.

Photoelectric Photometry Opportunities: "Dec. 1983-Apr. 1984"
Pages 28
Harris, Alan W.
1983MPBu...10...28H    Download PDF

The table below lists asteroids which come to opposition during the months of December 1983 - April 1984 that represent useful targets for photoelectric photometry observations. Observations are needed because the asteroid has either an unknown or ambiguous rotational period or because the asteroid will be observable at a very low phase angle.

Asteroid News Notes
Pages 28-29
Tholen, David J.
1983MPBu...10...28T    Download PDF

Rarely do the newly named asteroids outnumber the newly numbered ones in any given month, but such was the case in September when 26 asteroids received names.

Photoelectric Investigations of Asteroids: Selected Observational Programs for 1984
Pages 29-31
Zappala, V.; Knezevic, Z.
1983MPBu...10...29Z    Download PDF

In a preceding paper (Zappala, 1983), the significant contribution that small and/or medium size telescopes can still give in photoelectric observations of asteroids was emphasized. In particular, a program to determine rotational axes by means of complete and accurate V-lightcurves obtained at small phase angles was described.


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