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Meanings of minor planet names: 115001–116000

As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC), and the discoverers can then submit names for them, following the IAU's naming conventions. The list below concerns those minor planets in the specified number-range that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names.

Official naming citations of newly named small Solar System bodies are published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars several times a year.[1] Recent citations can also be found on the JPL Small-Body Database (SBDB).[2] Until his death in 2016, German astronomer Lutz D. Schmadel compiled these citations into the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (DMP) and regularly updated the collection.[3][4] Based on Paul Herget's The Names of the Minor Planets,[5] Schmadel also researched the unclear origin of numerous asteroids, most of which had been named prior to World War II.  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "SBDB". New namings may only be added after official publication as the preannouncement of names is condemned by the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature.[6]

115001–115100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
115051 Safaeinili 2003 RC6 Ali Safaeinili (1964–2009), radar scientist and electrical engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL · 115051
115058 Tassantal 2003 RH8 Antal Tass (1876–1937), Hungarian astronomer, and director of Konkoly Observatory from 1916 to 1936 JPL · 115058
115059 Nagykároly 2003 RJ8 Károly Nagy (1797–1868), Hungarian astronomer, mathematician, chemist and politician JPL · 115059

115101–115200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
There are no named minor planets in this number range

115201–115300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
115254 Fényi 2003 SF158 Gyula Fényi (1845–1927), Hungarian Jesuit and astronomer JPL · 115254

115301–115400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
115312 Whither 2003 SP215 Whitney Young (born 1990) and Heather Young (born 1992), granddaughters of American astronomer James Whitney Young who discovered this minor planet JPL · 115312
115326 Wehinger 2003 SC221 Peter A. Wehinger (born 1938), American astronomer, and development officer for the Giant Magellan Telescope JPL · 115326
115331 Shrylmiles 2003 SL224 Shryl Miles, American from Benson, Arizona, who has campaigned against light pollution JPL · 115331

115401–115500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
115434 Kellyfast 2003 TU2 Kelly E. Fast (born 1968), a program scientist for the MAVEN spacecraft at NASA. JPL · 115434
115449 Robson 2003 TG10 Monty Robson, American founder and director of the John J. McCarthy Observatory (932) in New Milford, Connecticut JPL · 115449
115477 Brantanica 2003 UK8 Brandon Danielson (born 1994), Brittany Danielson (born 1996) and Monica Rahn (born 2006), grandchildren of American astronomer James Whitney Young, who discovered this minor planet JPL · 115477

115501–115600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
115561 Frankherbert 2003 UF80 Frank Herbert (1920–1986), American science fiction writer best known for his novel Dune JPL · 115561

115601–115700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
There are no named minor planets in this number range

115701–115800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
There are no named minor planets in this number range

115801–115900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
115801 Punahou 2003 UW236 Punahou School, a private college preparatory school in Honolulu, Hawaii, United States JPL · 115801
115885 Ganz 2003 VL1 Ábrahám Ganz (1814–1867), Swiss-Hungarian technical engineer JPL · 115885
115891 Scottmichael 2003 VW2 Scott Young (born 1996) and Michael Young (born 1998), grandsons of American astronomer James Whitney Young who discovered this minor planet JPL · 115891

115901–116000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
115950 Kocherpeter 2003 WT33 Peter Kocher (born 1939), Swiss amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 115950

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ "JPL – Solar System Dynamics: Discovery Circumstances". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2006). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2003–2005. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-34360-8. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ Herget, Paul (1968). The Names of the Minor Planets. Cincinnati, Ohio: Minor Planet Center, Cincinnati Observatory. OCLC 224288991.
  6. ^ "Guide to Minor Body Astrometry – When can I name my discovery?". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 20 July 2019.


Preceded by
114,001–115,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 115,001–116,000
Succeeded by
116,001–117,000