The Minor Planet Center: Supporting Small Body Research
Session 11.01 Spectroscopy
Thursday 06-27 | 16:40 - 17:00

The Minor Planet Center (MPC) is responsible for receiving small body observations submitted by the astronomical community and publishing observations, identifications, designations, and orbits for minor planets, comets, and outer irregular satellites. Since the MPC was founded in 1947, the inflow of data has increased significantly. The MPC is focused on modernizing communication with users, data processing, and data distribution in order to improve both processing times and the quality of data products provided to scientists. We provide an overview of recent improvements at the MPC and how they can be utilized by scientific users. We discuss the current astrometry submission procedures and the new ADES format, as well as current data access tools. We present a variety of new tools, including the MPC explorer. We present the current status of trans-Neptunian Object, comet, and natural satellite processing, recent improvements to this process, and future plans to streamline data analysis of these populations. The MPC is also seeking community input on the necessity of publishing MPECs for these types of objects. The MPC is focused on meeting the challenge of the influx of data expected from the Legacy Survey of Space and Time (LSST) and the Near-Earth Object Surveyor space telescope (NEO Surveyor) and improving the data provided for scientific research.

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