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Where is the Minor Planet Center?

The Minor Planet Center (MPC) operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory , under the auspices of Division F of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

The MPC Reporting Tool is used to assist in the proper formatting of a report of observations for submission to the IAU Minor Planet Center (MPC).

The Minor Planet Center (MPC) operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory , under the auspices of Division F of the International Astronomical Union (IAU).

The Minor Planet Center (MPC) is the single worldwide location for receipt and distribution of positional measurements of minor planets, comets and outer irregular natural satellites of the major planets. The MPC is responsible for the identification, designation and orbit computation for all of these objects.

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Discoveries. Brown is credited by the Minor Planet Center with the discovery or co-discovery of 29 minor planets, not counting Haumea (see list below). He is best known in the scientific community for his surveys for distant objects orbiting the Sun. His team has discovered many trans-Neptunian objects (TNOs).

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Minor Planets. The assignment of a particular name to a particular minor planet is the end of a long process that can take many decades: It begins with the discovery of a Minor Planet that cannot be identified with any already-known object. Such Minor Planets are given a provisional designation.

In case the ground observations match the orbit based on Gaia's data, they provide the information to the Minor Planet Center, which is the official worldwide organization collecting observational data for small Solar System bodies like asteroids and comets.

Ceres (/ˈsɪəriːz/; minor-planet designation: 1 Ceres) is a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Ceres Asteroid ? Ceres (dwarf Planet)

Ceres (/ˈsɪəriːz/; minor-planet designation: 1 Ceres) is a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

Ceres Asteroid ? Ceres (dwarf Planet)

Ceres (/ˈsɪəriːz/; minor-planet designation: 1 Ceres) is a dwarf planet in the asteroid belt between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter.

A preliminary discovery is the first observation of an unknown asteroid. The Minor Planet Center requires within 7-10 days that a preliminary discovery be observed a second time to confirm its existence and better establish its orbit.

Eris (dwarf planet)DiscoveryPronunciation/ˈɛrɪs/, /ˈɪərɪs/Named afterἜρις ErisAlternative designations2003 UB313 Xena (nickname)Minor planet categoryDwarf planet TNO SDO Binary

Minor Planet Names: Alphabetical List

Minor Planet Names: Alphabetical ListReferencePlanet name128,038Nicoleodzer2293,809Zugspitze37,908Zwingli47,613`Akikiki

Minor Planet Names: Alphabetical List

Pluto (minor-planet designation: 134340 Pluto) is a dwarf planet in the Kuiper belt, a ring of bodies beyond the orbit of Neptune. Pluto.DiscoveryDesignation(134340) PlutoPronunciation/ˈpluːtoʊ/ ( listen)Named afterPlutoMinor planet categoryDwarf planet Trans-Neptunian object Kuiper belt object Plutino

The Telescopes The Virtual Telescope Project offers two very powerful, state-of-the-art scopes, located in Ceccano (Italy) in a site offering an amazing seeing (mean value: 1.8″). The site is also acknowledged by the Minor Planet Center with the observatory code 470.