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    • 1. Minor Planet Center By: Christie Nurkowski
    • 2. What is MPC?
      • Based at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
      • It designates minor bodies in our solar system
      • It collect information and publicizes it
    • 3. What do you observe?
      • Minor Planets (asteroids)
      • Comets (with the CBAT)
      • Natural Satellites (with the CBAT)
    • 4. Equipment Needed to Observe
      • A telescope (reflector/refractor)
      • A computer with a CD-ROM drive
      • A clock or watch set to UTC
      • Guide Star Catalogue software
    • 5. Jordan Hall
      • Will be your permanent site
      • Obtain an observatory code
    • 6. Beginning Observers
      • Start with average sized objects
      • Observe more than one at a time
      • Observe objects of various brightness
      • Gain experience before moving to more “unusual objects”
    • 7. Observations
      • Observe over two nights or as closely as possible
      • Two or three observations per each object
      • Observe for about an hour
      • Your initial batch contains two nights of observation of more than one numbered minor planet
    • 8. Reporting Information
      • Special format
      • State only one position for each observation
      • Report positions of objects in your images
      • Required to include
        • Observer
        • Measurer
        • Telescope details
    • 9. First Time Submitting Astrometric Observations
      • You must report:
        • A snail mail address
        • Observatory name and site
        • Longitude (degrees, minutes, and seconds)
        • Latitude (degrees, minutes, and seconds)
        • Altitude (meters above sea-level)
        • Details of telescope set up
        • First batch of observations
    • 10. Sending Information In
      • Mostly sent in by e-mail
      • Astrometric (minor planets) emailed to MPC – [email_address]
      • Comets emailed to CBAT – [email_address]
    • 11. Observations Processed by MPC
      • MPC will send you a notice
      • Look at observations when resources are available
      • Go in order in which observations are received
    • 12.
      • Questions?