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  • Nurkowski Mpc

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

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