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Minor Planet Center

(organization collecting and organizing minor planet data)

The Minor Planet Center (MPC) is an organization for collecting, organizing, and distributing data on minor planets (e.g., asteroids, comets), operating as a service of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). More than half a million minor planets are recorded, and data from the MPC is valuable for astronomical studies. The MPC also specifically tracks near-Earth objects, recording, predicting and alerting on close encounters with Earth.

(organization,minor planets)
Further reading: Planet Center