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Minor planet designations are numerical catalog identifications given to asteroids, centaurs, and trans-Neptunian objects. Comets are excluded. Both formal and provisional designations are overseen by the Minor Planet Center (MPC).[1] As minor planet designations change over time, different versions may be used in astronomy journals.[2]

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  1. "How Minor Planet Are Named". IAU – International Astronomical Union. 2005. Archived on 16 February 2006. Template:Citation error. http://www.iau.org/MINOR_PLANETS_NAMING.245.0.html. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  2. See Wikipedia, Minor planet designation—Syntax