Minor Planet Center

  • Gareth V. Williams
  • Timothy B. Spahr
Reference work entry


A brief overview is presented of the current and historical processing of observations and orbits by the Minor Planet Center (MPC). The MPC is delegated by the International Astronomical Union with organizing the cataloging of minor bodies in the solar system.


Astronomisches rechen-institut (ARI) International astronomical union (IAU) Minor planet center Minor planet circulars Observations Orbits Near-Earth Objects Smithsonian astrophysical observatory (SAO) 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Minor Planet CenterSmithsonian Astrophysical ObservatoryCambridgeUSA

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