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M.P.E.C. 2021-J216                                 Issued 2021 May 14, 15:14 UT

     The Minor Planet Electronic Circulars contain information on unusual
         minor planets and routine data on comets.  They are published
    on behalf of Division F of the International Astronomical Union by the
          Minor Planet Center, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory,
                          Cambridge, MA 02138, U.S.A.

             Prepared using the Tamkin Foundation Computer Network

                              MPC at CFA.HARVARD.EDU
            URL https://www.minorplanetcenter.net/    ISSN 1523-6714

                                EDITORIAL NOTICE                                

     Proposals for new minor planet names are judged by the Working Group
for Small-Body Nomenclature (WGSBN) of the International Astronomical Union 
(IAU). For the past few decades, after approval by the WGSBN, the IAU Minor 
Planet Center was responsible for officially announcing the new minor planet
names in the Minor Planet Circulars (MPCs).
     Starting on May 14, 2021, new minor planet names will be announced via
a new IAU-approved PDF publication, the WGSBN Bulletin.
New names will no longer be published or announced in the MPCs.
     All naming requests and queries about names, citations and corrections 
should be directed to the WGSBN at contact at wgsbn-iau.org.  Issues of the WGSBN
Bulletin are available from two sources:

         and https://www.wgsbn-iau.org/.

Data files containing the new names and citations (in json format) are
available at the second URL.

M. P. C. Staff               (C) Copyright 2021 MPC           M.P.E.C. 2021-J216

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