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 24-4 (1997 Oct-Dec)
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Earth Close Approaches of Minor Planet (7482) 1994 PC1
Pages 35
Sicoli, P.
1997MPBu...24...35S    Download PDF

Minor planet 1994 PC1 was discovered at Siding Spring on frames taken by R. H. McNaught on the night of Aug. 9, 1994. The discoverer was also able to find previous single night observations from 1974, 1977 and 1980 allowing G.V. Williams at the Minor Planet Center to compute a quite accurate orbit. (Williams, 1994). The orbital elements suggested that 1994 PC1 was an Apollo-type object with a period of 1.56 years. In the last apparition, early this year, the minor planet reached the minimum distance from us on Jan.20 (0.065 AU) and with more additional precise positions a definitive number was assigned (Williams, 1997). Indication about possible close approaches of asteroids and comets to the planets can be obtained computing the minimal distances between the orbits (Sitarski, 1968).

Photometric Observations of Minor Planet 402 Chloe
Pages 36
Holliday, B.
1997MPBu...24...36H    Download PDF

Photometric observations of minor planet 402 Chloe were made in January through March of 1997 to determine its rotational period and lightcurve amplitude. A period was not determined. The amplitude of the lightcurve for this opposition was found to be less than 0.1 magnitudes, less than expected. The reduced magnitude for zero phase anglwas determined to be 8.45 ± 0.l0 magnitudes, brighter than expected.

Asteroid Photometry Opportunities: November-January
Pages 37
Harris, A. W.; Zappalá, V.
1997MPBu...24...37H    Download PDF

The table below lists asteroids that come to opposition during the months of November through January that represent useful targets for photoelectric or CCD photometry observations. Observations are typically needed because the asteroid has either an unknown or ambiguous rotational period. The table gives (in order of opposition dates) the asteroid number and name, opposition date, opposition V magnitude, the rotational period (in hours), the estimated lightcurve amplitude (in magnitudes), and the designation PER if observations are needed to determine the rotational period. AMB implies that previous period determinations have given ambiguous results and these alternate periods are listed in the table. Question marks are used to denote uncertain or unknown values.


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