Discovery Circumstances: Numbered Minor Planets
The official discovery circumstances for the numbered minor planets
are maintained by the Minor Planet Center. The discovery details
are available via the links on this page and have been split into batches
of 5000 consecutive objects for ease of access (each file is roughly
500K) [a text file containing the data for all the numbered objects is
also available (also available in
Also available is an alphabetical list of
minor-planet names (90K) and statistics on the
individual discoverers and
most prolific discovery sites.
A collection of citations for all the named minor planets is given in the
Dictionary of Minor Planet Names by L. D. Schmadel and published by
These lists were last updated on 2007 Aug. 28.
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