Access the database via html-form
This database of minor planets properties was compiled by M. Delbo. This is a lightweight version compared to the database access via TAP protocol.

Access the database via TAP

The database is accessible using the TAP interface. Access the following URL: in the VO client TOPCAT or the Web interface TAPHandle.

Access the database via command-line

You can use the following script mp3c to query MP3C database. Use $ ./mp3c -h for help.

The MP³C database

The aim of this database is to offer a user-friendly interface for exploring large databases of Minor Planets properties. Our ambition is to collect in a single place data of major interest that were scattered among several different databases, with a particular accent on physical properties. The output of our tool is multi-format and can also be exported toward Virtual Observatory utilities such as TOPCAT for subsequent exploitation. Newly discovered objects are added on a daily basis.

MP³C Team

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

Team leader: Marco Delbo
Project manager: Benoit Carry
Developers: Pascal Bottein (contractor) and Christophe Ordenovic
Scientific advisor: Paolo Tanga
Technical advisor: Jérôme Berthier (IMCCE, Paris observatory)


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), and the Ministère de l'Enseignement Supérieur 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 Données astronomique de Strasbourg (CDS).