• Processing (Info)

  • MPC Operations Status

    The Minor Planet Center operates in two distinct modes of operation, which are described below.

    Processing Mode

    Processing is the normal mode of operation. Automated processes handle the bulk of the incoming observation batches.

    MPC Preparation Mode

    When the checking of material that is to appear in the next batch of Minor Planet Circulars begins, the MPC switches into preparation mode. The primary difference between preparation and processing modes is that new observatory codes are not attended to in preparation mode. Most automated procedures handle observations as in processing mode.

    MPC Status Page

    A page describing any problem with the MPC (either in internal processing of observations or with the webpages or web scripts) is available.

    ECS Files

    The files available in the ECS are those associated with the 2016 AUG. 18 and 2016 JUNE 20 batches of MPCs.

    The last batch of mid-month MPS batches included in the file available in the ECS are those associated with the 2016 AUG. 7 batch.

    Dates of Minor Planet Circular Publication

    Below are listed the planned dates of Minor Planet Circular publication for the next year. Note that these are the UTC dates of Full Moon and availability of the files associated with these batches may occur several days before or after the stated date. Note that inclusion of a date here does not mean that a batch will actually be published: see the status page for information on skipped batches.
    • 2015 06 02
    • 2015 07 02
    • 2015 07 31
    • 2015 08 29
    • 2015 09 28
    • 2015 10 28
    • 2015 11 25
    • 2015 12 25
    • 2016 01 24
    • 2016 02 22
    • 2016 03 23
    • 2016 04 22
    • 2016 05 21
    • 2016 06 20

    Name Proposals

    The CSBN has approved 37 names for publication in the 2015 Sept. 28 batch of Minor Planet Circulars.

    Discoverers who propose names are being given access details for the web-based name submission form. Name proposals that have received sufficient votes one or more days before the start of the preparation of a new MPC batch will be extracted for publication. There will be no announced deadlines for proposals in the future.