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Latest contribution of MP3C to science

Ancient and primordial collisional families as the main sources of X-type asteroids of the inner main belt!

by M. Delbo, C. Avdellidou, and A. Morbidelli 2019, A&A, 623, A69 — for more info click here


MP3C is the Minor Planet Physical properties Catalogue. It collects in a single database properties of minor bodies published by different authors.
MP3C services are offered with simple html interfaces (Search by name, properties and by best values) or based on the Virtual Observatory (VO) standard (TAP). Results are available in several formats (html, csv, JSON, and VO tables) and compatible with VO clients such as TOPCAT and STILTS. Data Sources provide complete bibliographic references to the data included in MP3C. provide complete bibliographic references to the data included in MP3C.

MP3C provides the following services:

Search by Name

This Web Service provides quickly all the informations about a specified object or a list of objects.

Search by Properties

This Web Service allows users to extract objects using constraints on their properties.


With TAP (Table Access Protocol)users may develop their own complex queries using ADQL.


If you use MP3C to prepare your publication, please add in the acknowledgments:
"This work is based on data provided by the Minor Planet Physical Properties Catalogue (MP3C)
of the Observatoire de la Côte d’Azur."

Credits and Partners

The authors acknowledge support from the Institut national des sciences de l'univers (INSU) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) through the project ASOV-France (Action Spécifique Observatoire Virtuel), the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur et de la Recherche and the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR), projet ORIGINS.

laboratoire Lagrange
Observatoire de la côte d'azur
INSU institut des sciences de l'univers
Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Action Specifique Observatoire Virtuel
Ministere de lenseignement superieur et de la recherche

MP3C service is based on tools and protocols developed thanks to the efforts of the international astronomical community, through the International Virtual Observatory alliance (IVOA), which led to the construction of the Virtual Observatory. We are thankful, in particular,for the technical and human assistance brought by the European Virtual Observatory (EURO-VO) project and the Centre de Centre de Données astronomique de Strasbourg (CDS).

International Virtual Observatory alliance
European Virtual Observatory
Centre de Données astronomique de Strasbourg

MP3C Team & Contact

MP3C catalogue is a service developed, maintained, and hosted at the Observatoire de la Côte d'Azur, as an "Action Nationale d'Observation"(ANO5).

  • Responsible: Marco Delbo
  • Scientific advisory team: Paolo Tanga, Benoit Carry, Chrysa Avdellidou
  • Developers: Thierry Broussegoutte (contractor) and Christophe Ordenovic
  • Technical advisor: Jérôme Berthier (IMCCE, Paris observatory)

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