MPC Operations StatusThe Minor Planet Center operates in two distinct modes of operation, which are described below.
Processing ModeProcessing is the normal mode of operation. Automated processes handle the bulk of the incoming observation batches.
MPC Preparation ModeWhen 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 PageA page describing any problem with the MPC (either in internal processing of observations or with the webpages or web scripts) is available.
ECS FilesThe files available in the ECS are those associated with the 2015 APR. 4 and 2015 MAR. 5 batches of MPCs.
The last batch of mid-month MPS batches included in the file available in the ECS are those associated with the 2015 APR. 12 batch.
Dates of Minor Planet Circular PublicationBelow 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.
- 2014 10 08
- 2014 11 06
- 2014 12 06
- 2015 01 05
- 2015 02 03
- 2015 03 05
- 2015 04 04
- 2015 05 04
- 2015 06 02
- 2015 07 02
- 2015 07 31
- 2015 08 29
- 2015 09 28
- 2015 10 28
- 2015 11 25
- 2015 12 25
Name ProposalsThe CSBN has approved 67 names for publication in the 2015 Jan. 5 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.