Finding Aids to Official Records of the Smithsonian Institution Archives
Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Website Records, 2015
This accession consists of the Minor Planet Center (MPC) website as it existed on November 30, 2015. The Minor Planet Center operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, under the auspices of Division X2 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). The Minor Planet Center is the single worldwide location for receipt and distribution of positional measurements of minor planets, comets, and outer irregular natural satellites of the major planets. The website provides information about services provided to observers and about available publications and software. It also includes technical information and other documentation. Observational data is not included in this accession.
The website also includes two blogs, "The Daily Minor Planet" and the "Near-Earth Object Confirmation Page Blog," which were crawled separately on the same day. Due to technical issues, only the first page of each blog was captured.
Materials are in electronic format.
This collection is indexed under the following access terms. These are links to collections with related topics, persons or places.
- Minor Planet Center (Cambridge, Mass.)
- International Astronomical Union
- The Daily Minor Planet (Blog)
- Near-Earth Object Confirmation Page Blog
- Museums -- Public relations
- Web sites
- Astronomical observatories
Physical Characteristics of Materials in the Collection
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 17-222, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, Website Records