IAU: Minor Planet Center (MPC)
: The MPC
is responsible for the designation of minor bodies in the solar system: minor planets; comets, in conjunction with the Central Bureau for Astronomical Telegrams (CBAT
); and natural satellites (also in conjunction with CBAT
). The MPC
is also responsible for the efficient collection, computation, checking and dissemination of astrometric observations and orbits for minor planets and comets.