Talk:Minor Planet Center

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In pop culture[edit]

"In the movie Deep Impact, the actual scientific group to which the amateur would report the finding of a new asteroid would be the MPC. This is one of the major scientific facts completely ignored by this film."

I removed this notion about a movie. It did not make sense without detailed knowledge of the movie. Second it seems that MPC actually did not appear in the movie so why mention it here? Will we list all the movies where MPC did not appear? Third, this criticism of the movie was not sourced ("This is one of the major scientific facts completely ignored by this film." -- says who?(is this really a scientific fact?)). --Jan Smolik 19:37, 22 October 2006 (UTC)

Merging Circulars: M.P.C. and MPECs[edit]

The contents of Minor Planet Circulars and Minor Planet Electronic Circular have been merged into the new section Circulars of this article. Redirects and talk pages have been adjusted including the alias Minor Planet Electronic Circulars. The categories of these #R are preserved.

A 2-year old hatnote posted by Headbomb proposed to merge "Minor Planet Electronic Circular" into "Minor Planet Circulars". I think it is best to go one step further and merge both into their parent article "Minor Planet Center", as long as all three articles are stubs and not being developed (only Fjörgynn and Egeymi, besides Headbomb, seem to have made contributions in recent years). In addition I'll try my best to improve "Minor Planet Center", since the article deserves way more attention than it has received so far, as it is a corner-stone of the overall minor-planet project. Your help is very much appreciated. Rfassbind – talk 08:44, 20 April 2016 (UTC)

That works for me. What I'd want to know though is what exactly is the difference between the electronic and non-electronic circulars. Are they simply two editions of the same thing? One publishing before the other? Or do they have different content? Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 11:30, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
We should also details other publications if they have any. Or supplements if they exists. Headbomb {talk / contribs / physics / books} 11:33, 20 April 2016 (UTC)
I also think other publications such as the periodically released MPO and MPS (as seen in the MPC/MPO/MPS Archive) should be mentioned in the article.
The Minor Planet Electronic Circulars (MPECs) carry news on unusual minor planets. They are frequently released, while the MPCs are published only once every month (see "archive" above). MPCs contain virtually every single piece of new information: thousands of observational records, new observatory codes, newly named bodies/ naming citation, errata to previous publications... . I must admit that I've never considered the MPO and MPS publications. So, if no one else expands the article, I will have to do some research first. -- Cheers, Rfassbind – talk 12:56, 20 April 2016 (UTC)