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M.P.E.C. 2013-A21 Issued 2013 Jan. 5, 18:53 UT The Minor Planet Electronic Circulars contain information on unusual minor planets and routine data on comets. They are published on behalf of Commission 20 of the International Astronomical Union by the Minor Planet Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A. Prepared using the Tamkin Foundation Computer Network MPC@CFA.HARVARD.EDU URL http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/ ISSN 1523-6714 EDITORIAL NOTICE The Minor Planet Center is announcing a number of items relevant to observers. Comments or reports of problems with these new features should be sent by e-mail to
tspahr@cfaor via an on-line Feedback form. 1. New NEOCP Landing Page A new NEOCP landing page has been developed that allows observers to sort the objects in a wide variety of ways. The new page is
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/NEO/toconfirm_tabular.html. The two existing NEOCP pages (ordered by discovery date and Right Ascension) will continue to be updated for the forseeable future. Ideally, any scripts that attempt to parse the existing pages will be rewritten to use the new text file which contains the data from the NEOCP page:
http://www.minorplanetcenter.net/iau/NEO/neocp.txt. This is a pure ASCII file containing the data for one object on one line. 2. NEOCP Desirability Scores The MPC is introducing an NEOCP follow-up desirability score (NDS) to assist observers in selecting NEOCP targets to provide the most needed and effective observations for orbit improvement. Our goal is to distribute the limited follow-up resources efficiently and to provide the highest number of NEOCP objects with adequate coverage for preliminary orbital solutions. The basic NDS is the digest2 score, which is then modified to take into account the number of observations, the span of observations, the nominal absolute magnitude, and the interval between observations. The MPC would like to note that too often the "easiest" objects to observe are over-observed, and other objects that need follow-up are ignored. We request observers use the NDS to assist them in making their valuable observations more useful still. 3.
obs@cfaThe e-mail submission of observations should now be made to
obs@cfa, rather than
mpc@cfa. We are announcing a cut-off date of 2013 Mar. 1 for observation submissions to
mpc@cfa. After that date, any observation batches sent to
mpc@cfawill not be forwarded to the automated processing routines. The address
mpc@cfawill continue as a general contact address for the MPC. A. U. Tomatic (C) Copyright 2013 MPC M.P.E.C. 2013-A21
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