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Meanings of minor planet names: 117001–118000

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]

117001–117100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117032 Davidlane 2004 JN20 David Lane (born 1963), a Canadian amateur astronomer, supernova hunter, and author of The Earth Centered Universe (a planetarium and telescope-control program) JPL · 117032
117086 Lóczy 2004 LZ23 Lajos Lóczy (1849–1920), a Hungarian geologist, first western geologist to describe the structure, geomorphology and stratigraphy of the mountain chains bordering the Tibetan Plateau JPL · 117086
117093 Umbria 2004 NE9 The Italian region of Umbria is characterized by rolling green hills and medieval cities rich in history and traditions. JPL · 117093

117101–117200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117156 Altschwendt 2004 QV7 The Austrian village of Altschwendt, where the Altschwendt Observatory (A44) is located. It was the first made minor-planet discovery at the observatory. JPL · 117156

117201–117300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117240 Zhytomyr 2004 SX19 Zhytomyr, Ukraine, the oblast in which Andrushivka, the discovery site, is found, and the birthplace of Sergej Korolev, Russian rocket engineer JPL · 117240

117301–117400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117329 Spencer 2004 XJ6 Henry Spencer (born 1955), Canadian computer scientist and small-satellite engineer JPL · 117329
117350 Saburo 2004 XL62 Saburo Itagaki (1916–1983), father of Japanese amateur astronomer Koichi Itagaki who discovered this minor planet JPL · 117350
117381 Lindaweiland 2004 YU Linda Weiland, American zoning administrator of Cochise County, Arizona, who has campaigned against light pollution JPL · 117381
117384 Halharrison 2004 YD16 Hal Harrison (born 1947) is an amateur astronomer and photographer and has always been fascinated by planetary science and astronomy. JPL · 117384
117386 Thomasschlapkohl 2004 YV20 Thomas Schlapkohl (born 1987) is a guidance, navigation and control engineer at Lockheed Martin for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. JPL · 117386
117387 Javiercerna 2004 YP21 Javier Cerna (born 1981), a Telecom engineer for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. He was also a Telecom engineer on the GRAIL Discovery program and InSight Mars-lander. JPL · 117387
117388 Jamiemoore 2004 YB23 Jamie Moore (born 1986), a flight system contamination control engineer and spacecraft-curation interface at Lockheed Martin for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. She has supported multiple NASA interplanetary missions helping to ensure that contamination control requirements are met. JPL · 117388
117390 Stephanegendron 2004 YK26 Stéphane Gendron (born 1963) is Materials and Thermal Engineer at the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) and he acted as the CSA Thermal Engineer in the project OLA, a sophisticated Lidar instrument provided by CSA for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. JPL · 117390

117401–117500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117413 Ramonycajal 2005 AE13 Santiago Ramón y Cajal (1852–1934), Spanish physician and Nobel laureate JPL · 117413
117430 Achosyx 2005 AQ26 "Achosyx", (French pronunciation of "H-O-6"), is the IAU observatory code (H06) of the discovering Rent-A-Scope Observatory (Remote Astronomy Society Observatory) located in Mayhill, New Mexico. JPL · 117430
117435 Severochoa 2005 AJ29 Severo Ochoa (1905–1993), Spanish-born American biochemist and winner of the 1959 Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine JPL · 117435
117439 Rosner 2005 AR36 Arnie and Nancy Rosner, American photographers from Fountain Valley, California. Arnie is an astrophotographer; and Nancy is a travel photographer. JPL · 117439

117501–117600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117506 Wildberg 2005 CO25 The German town of Wildberg, where the Wildberg Observatory (198) is located JPL · 117506
117539 Celletti 2005 DJ1 Alessandra Celletti (born 1962), Italian mathematician who teaches celestial mechanics at University of Rome Tor Vergata JPL · 117539
117568 Yadame 2005 EK30 Yadame Yoshikazu (born 1943), a farmer in the Kitami region of Hokkaido, founded the Kitami Astronomical Society in 1963 JPL · 117568
117572 Hutsebaut 2005 EX33 Robert Hutsebaut (born 1941), Belgian amateur astronomer and a discoverer of minor planets JPL · 117572
117581 Devinschrader 2005 EG37 Devin Schrader (born 1984) is a meteoriticist and cosmochemist, and is an assistant director of the Center for Meteorite Studies at Arizona State University and a science collaborator with the Carbonaceous Meteorite Working Group for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. JPL · 117581
117586 Twilatho 2005 EV43 Twila Gore Peck (born 1949) and Thom Peck (born 1950), American astronomy communicators. Thom has been president of astronomy clubs in several cities, while Twila has organized observing sessions and public astronomy events. JPL · 117586
117595 Jemmadavidson 2005 EG62 Jemma Davidson (born 1984) is a cosmochemist and meteoriticist specializing in the study of presolar grains and pristine chondrites to determine how minor bodies formed and evolved in the early Solar System. She was previously a Science Team collaborator and webmaster for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. JPL · 117595
117596 Richardkuhns 2005 EK64 Richard Kuhns (born 1972), manager with the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission for the Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. Previously he was the avionics manager for the WorldView-4 (GeoEye-2) spacecraft, and a manager for Lockheed Martin Coherent Technologies. His experience includes work in machine vision and adaptive optics. JPL · 117596

117601–117700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117610 Keithmahoney 2005 ES91 Keith Mahoney (born 1970) was the flight system Guidance, Navigation, and Control LIDAR engineer at Lockheed Martin for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. JPL · 117610
117614 Hannahmclain 2005 EU94 Hannah McLain (born 1985) is an astrobiologist at the Goddard Space Flight Center supporting organic contamination analysis for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. JPL · 117614
117640 Millsellie 2005 EK137 Amelia Lucas (born 2014) and Eloise Thornton (born 2014) were born during the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. Mills, daughter of Kristen and Scott Lucas, and Ellie, daughter of Jennifer and Kevin Thornton, enjoy exploring new frontiers, hearing about the universe, and looking at stars with their grandparents Thomas and Karen Connors. JPL · 117640
117652 Joséaponte 2005 EY161 José Aponte (born 1981) is an astrobiologist at the Goddard Space Flight Center for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. His research emphasis is in organic chemistry in meteorites. JPL · 117652
117657 Jamieelsila 2005 EP187 Jamie Elsila (born 1974) is an astrobiologist at the Goddard Space Flight Center for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. Her research emphasis is in organic chemistry in meteorites and in spacecraft-returned samples from asteroids and comets. JPL · 117657

117701–117800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117711 Degenfeld 2005 GA Berta Degenfeld-Schomburg (1843–1928), Hungarian amateur astronomer who took part in the work of the Kiskartal Observatory JPL · 117711
117712 Podmaniczky 2005 GD Baron Géza Podmaniczky (1839–1923), Hungarian landowner and amateur astronomer JPL · 117712
117713 Kövesligethy 2005 GG1 Radó Kövesligethy (1862–1924), Hungarian astronomer and geophysicist JPL · 117713
117714 Kiskartal 2005 GH1 Kiskartal Observatory was founded by Baron Géza Podmaniczky (see above) in 1884 JPL · 117714
117715 Carlkirby 2005 GK1 Carl Kirby (born 1949), American amateur astronomer JPL · 117715
117736 Sherrod 2005 GQ22 Clay Sherrod (born 1949), American archaeologist, biomedical researcher, founder and director of the Arkansas Sky Observatory (H45) JPL · 117736
117781 Jamesfisher 2005 GF115 James Randall Fisher (born 1942), an author and Professor of English who earned a PhD at the University of Southern California JPL · 117781

117801–117900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117852 Constance 2005 JG151 Constance L. Martin-Trembley (born 1962) has been a beloved and inspirational science teacher for over a decade. Connie has organized educational trips, run an after school book club and science club, and has a passion for astronomy. She was awarded Teacher of the year for her district in 2007. JPL · 117852
117874 Picodelteide 2511 P-L Pico del Teide, active volcano on Tenerife, one of the Spanish Canary Islands. JPL · 117874

117901–118000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
117993 Zambujal 1064 T-2 Zambujal, Portugal, chalcolithic archaeological site JPL · 117993
117997 Irazu 1090 T-2 Irazú, the 3432-m active volcano in Costa Rica. JPL · 117997

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
116,001–117,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 117,001–118,000
Succeeded by
118,001–119,000