|III. MINOR PLANETS|
|The Apollo Plus 13|
As of May 2016 there are 468,416 numbered asteroids, with 19,978 of these officially named, and I'm certainly not suggesting you try to put that many in your chart! (For an up-to-date list of all the named minor planets, check out this IAU website.)
Ceres is no longer classified an asteroid.
On August 24, 2006, the IAU declared Ceres a Dwarf Planet!
That doesn't change all that we have already discovered about this remarkable body....but now, more than ever, it's important for you to know where your Ceres is.
- The Big Four Asteroids
Up until 1980, we only had those four to study. Then, Al H.Morrison and I got together and talked about some other bodies. He first released short ephemerides, covering 1900-2000, of these six as-yet-unresearched minor planets: Hidalgo, Toro, Icarus, Sappho, Eros and Lilith, and then these were soon followed by Amor, Pandora, Psyche, Urania, Apollo, America, Atlantis and Bacchus. Each one of these 14 bodies was published as a separate booklet, and people all over the world began studying them for the first time.
Unfortunately, when Al passed away, the publication of these booklets ceased, and it became more difficult to discover where your Pandora was, or whether you had a conjunction of Psyche and Eros....until now. I have just republished all 14 asteroids in a single volume. To order, click here.
Here follows some information on the Mini-Planets whose ephemerides are included in that volume. I hope that you find it useful and also hope that it encourages you to plunge into this research yourself. The order of bodies is not based on importance, only on my personal preference, since I tend to be more fascinated with some than with others.
Martha Lang-Wescott has a website focusing on the asteroids, and you can find out there how to get some of her excellent books on the subject.
Table of ContentsHIDALGO
Another perspectiveMark Andrew Holmes has a very interesting article on Hidalgo, Pandora and Lilith at http://markandrewholmes.com/hidpanli.html
Click here, Minor Planets, to find out how to order an ephemeris of all fourteen bodies.