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  • Minor Planet Discovery Sites

    The following table lists the total number of discoveries made at each of the most prolific discovery sites, arranged in decreasing order of number of discoveries.

    This list was last updated on 2024 May 24.


     Rank Discoveries     Between    Site name
    
        1   156031       1960-2020   Steward Observatory, Kitt Peak-Spacewatch
        2   150129       1960-2012   Lincoln Laboratory ETS, New Mexico
        3    98350       1960-2022   Mt. Lemmon Survey
        4    90437       1960-2023   Pan-STARRS 1, Haleakala
        5    37973       1960-2018   Palomar Mountain/NEAT
        6    30853       1960-2019   Catalina Sky Survey
        7    21510       1993-2017   Lowell Observatory-LONEOS
        8     7909       1993-2017   Haleakala-AMOS
        9     7396       1992-2018   LPL/Spacewatch II
       10     6855       1949-2014   Palomar Mountain
       11     5807       1976-2017   European Southern Observatory, La Silla
       12     3878       1960-2017   OAM Observatory, La Sagra
       13     3704       1977-2018   WISE
       14     3554       1993-2018   Apache Point-Sloan Digital Sky Survey
       15     3503       1991-2021   Palomar Mountain--ZTF
       16     2917       1992-2018   Siding Spring Survey
       17     2768       1977-2017   Space Surveillance Telescope, Atom Site
       18     2476       1991-2002   Oizumi
       19     2333       1960-2017   Oukaimeden Observatory, Marrakech
       20     2264       1990-2020   Purple Mountain Observatory, XuYi Station
       21     1912       1981-2018   Kitt Peak
       22     1879       1975-2012   Siding Spring Observatory
       23     1589       2001-2008   Desert Eagle Observatory
       24     1567       1992-2018   Maunakea
       25     1509       1996-2017   Campo Imperatore-CINEOS
       26     1407       1995-2001   Visnjan
       27     1347       1994-2018   ESA Optical Ground Station, Tenerife
       28     1286       1966-2007   Crimea-Nauchnyi
       29     1276       1982-2011   Peking Observatory, Xinglong Station
       30     1222       1997-2008   Reedy Creek
       31     1196       1994-2017   Bergisch Gladbach
       32     1188       1977-2017   Tenagra II Observatory, Nogales
       33     1164       1995-2019   University of Szeged, Piszkesteto Stn. (Konkoly)
       34     1157       1978-2018   Cerro Tololo Observatory, La Serena
       35     1143       1993-2022   Pan-STARRS 2, Haleakala
       36     1054       2003-2016   Apache Point
       37      984       1977-2011   Observatoire Chante-Perdrix, Dauban
       38      962       1996-2005   Caussols-ODAS
       39      901       1977-2002   Klet Observatory, Ceske Budejovice
       40      888       1996-2010   Goodricke-Pigott Observatory, Tucson
       41      826       1891-2007   Heidelberg-Konigstuhl
       42      818       1977-2016   ISON-NM Observatory, Mayhill
       43      728       1994-2010   Ondrejov
       44      723       1987-2000   Kushiro
       45      717       1973-2017   Lowell Observatory, Anderson Mesa Station
       46      709       1994-2015   Crni Vrh
       47      700       1987-2009   Kitami
       48      672       1995-2003   Prescott
       49      649       1996-2016   Bisei Spaceguard Center-BATTeRS
       50      636       1995-2016   Elena Remote Observatory, San Pedro de Atacama