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Meanings of minor planet names: 120001–121000

As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center, 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. The official naming citations have been published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars and in Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names.[1][2][3] Meanings marked with or * are from legacy sources may contain errors.

120001–120100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120038 Franlainsher 2003 BR1 Frances Fisher, former wife of the discoverer, and her sister, Elaine Fisher JPL · 120038
120040 Pagliarini 2003 BF5 Silvano Pagliarini, Italian amateur astronomer, builder of the public amateur observatory "Padre Angelo Secchi" in Castelnovo Sotto JPL · 120040
120074 Bass 2003 EA Harry Bass (born 1935) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1960. In 1977, he joined the Staff of Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico, established a private practice, and is a highly respected physician by both his peers and his patients. JPL · 120074

120101–120200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120103 Dolero 2003 FW6 Dominique Lherault, maiden name of the discoverer's wife JPL · 120103
120112 Elizabethacton 2003 FS51 Elizabeth A. Acton (born 1981) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as Project Support Specialist. JPL · 120112
120120 Kankelborg 2003 FM84 Charles Kankelborg, American astrophysicist JPL · 120120
120121 Libbyadelman 2003 FO85 Libby Adelman (born 1971) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as Instrument Manager for the OLA, OVIRS and REXIS instruments. JPL · 120121
120141 Lucaslara 2003 GO21 Lucas Lara Garrido, Spanish astrophysicist JPL · 120141
120153 Hoekenga 2003 HR2 B. Christine Hoekenga (born 1981) worked on the OSIRIS-REx mission as the social media lead in the Principal Investigator's office JPL · 120153
120174 Jeffjenny 2003 KM3 Jeffrey and Jennifer, son and daughter of the discoverer JPL · 120174
120186 Suealeman 2004 BQ111 Sue Aleman (born 1957) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as Chief Safety and Mission Assurance Officer. JPL · 120186
120188 Amyaqueche 2004 CL12 Amy A. Aqueche (born 1975) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as the Contracting Officer (CO). Prior to OSIRIS-REx, she served as the NASA CO for MAVEN and the USACE CO in support of Ft. Stewart and Hunter Army Air Field Operations in Savannah, Georgia. JPL · 120188
120191 Tombagg 2004 CG100 Thomas C. Bagg III (born 1952) is the Risk Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. Prior to this role, he supported the GSFC SBIR program, the HST SM4, NOAA-N and NOAA-N Prime missions. He helped develop the GSFC Systems Engineering Education Development Program JPL · 120191
120196 Kevinballou 2004 DR21 Kevin M. Ballou (born 1969), an engineer at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as C&DH Electrical Systems Engineer. JPL · 120196

120201–120300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120208 Brentbarbee 2004 EK32 Brent Barbee (born 1981), a member of the Flight Dynamics System team for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 120208
120214 Danteberdeguez 2004 EG78 Dante Berdeguez (born 1976) is a Spacecraft Systems Engineer at NASA's Goddard Spaceflight Center. He specializes in both spacecraft and ground system integration and testing. He contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as Ground Systems Readiness Test Engineer. JPL · 120214
120215 Kevinberry 2004 EM79 Kevin E. Berry (born 1980) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Mission as the FDS TAG Mission Phase Lead and is a member of the Navigation and Mission Design Branch at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He was also part of the flight dynamics teams for SDO, LCROSS and MAVEN. JPL · 120215
120218 Richardberry 2004 FN2 Richard P. Berry Jr. (born 1955) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as Configuration Control Manager. JPL · 120218
120285 Brentbos 2004 HE47 Brent J. Bos (born 1969), the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission TAGCAMS instrument scientist. JPL · 120285
120299 Billlynch 2004 JL28 Bill Lynch (born 1962) has worked tirelessly for many years assisting amateur and professional astronomers with their CCD cameras and related equipment JPL · 120299

120301–120400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120308 Deebradel 2004 KN12 Deanna Bradel (born 1964), a Financial Manager for the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 120308
120324 Falusandrás 2004 MV3 András Falus (born 1947) is a Hungarian immunologist, full professor of the Semmelweis University, and member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His major field is immunogenomics, allergies and oncogenomics. He was the winner of the 2001 annual science communication award of the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists. JPL · 120324
120347 Salacia 2004 SB60 Salacia, Roman goddess of salt water, Neptune's wife. JPL · 120347
120349 Kalas 2004 XC42 John and Elizabeth Kalas are active in proselytizing the night sky at public events JPL · 120349
120350 Richburns 2005 JC1 Rich Burns (born 1967) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as SSMO Project Manager JPL · 120350
120351 Beckymasterson 2005 JA168 Rebecca A. Masterson (born 1975) is a research engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology serving tirelessly in the central role of Instrument Manager for the student-built Regolith X-ray Imaging Spectrometer aboard the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 120351
120352 Gordonwong 2005 JG177 Gordon H. Wong (born 1969) is a software engineer who has shown great patience and dedicated support to the effort required in the design, build, test, and flight of the student-built Regolith X-ray Imaging Spectrometer aboard the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 120352
120353 Katrinajackson 2005 LM6 Katrina Jackson (born 1989) is a video producer for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission and the Hubble Space Telescope at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center JPL · 120353
120354 Mikejones 2005 LD40 Michael Paul Jones (born 1991) worked as a student engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he designed and implemented the solar X-ray monitor as a comparison instrument for the student-built Regolith X-ray Imaging Spectrometer aboard the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 120354
120361 Guido 2005 NZ Ernesto Guido, Italian amateur astronomer, discoverer of several minor planets JPL · 120361
120364 Stevecooley 2005 ND20 Steve Cooley (born 1961) contributed to the NASA OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission as Lead Flight Dynamics Engineer (proposal/Phase A). JPL · 120364
120367 Grabow 2005 NL67 Walter Grabow (1913–1987) was the owner of the Polaris Telescope Shop in Dearborn, Michigan in the 1960s. His patience and guidance helped many amateur astronomers in building or buying their telescopes. JPL · 120367
120368 Phillipcoulter 2005 NO67 Phillip Coulter (born 1973), an Optical Engineer working at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. JPL · 120368
120375 Kugel 2005 PB6 François Kugel, comet observer JPL · 120375

120401–120500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120405 Svyatylivka 2005 SQ4 Svyatylivka, Ukraine, one of the headquarters of the Cossack army since the 17th century JPL · 120405
120460 Hambach 1990 TD7 The Hambach Festival of 1832, held in the Maxburg castle above the village of Hambach, Germany, where some 30 000 liberals and democrats demonstrated in favour of a free and united Germany JPL · 120460
120462 Amanohashidate 1990 UE2 Amanohashidate, a well-known tourist spot in Japan. JPL · 120462
120481 Johannwalter 1992 SP17 Johann Walter, 16th-century German cantor, director of the Saxon court orchestra, who wrote the melody of the hymn Each morning with its newborn light JPL · 120481

120501–120600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120569 Huangrunqian 1995 FU20 Huang Runqian, Chinese astrophysicist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences JPL · 120569

120601–120700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120643 Rudimandl 1996 RU Rudi W. Mandl (1894–1948), Czech-German electrical engineer and amateur astronomer, was interested in gravitational lensing. JPL · 120643

120701–120800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120730 Zhouyouyuan 1997 SN33 Zhou Youyuan (born 1938) is a leading astrophysicist and a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. He has made significant contributions to the study of quasars, active galactic nuclei, cosmology, large scale structures of the universe, and high-energy astrophysics. JPL · 120730
120735 Ogawakiyoshi 1997 TD11 Kiyoshi Ogawa (born 1957) is a member of Matsue Astronomy Club. He popularizes astronomy in Shimane prefecture and is an observing partner of the discoverer, Hiroshi Abe. JPL · 120735
120741 Iijimayuichi 1997 UJ22 Yuichi Iijima (1968–2012) was a Japanese aerospace system engineer of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, who was one of the key members of the Japanese lunar orbiter SELENE. JPL · 120741

120801–120900Edit

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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

120901–121000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
120942 Rendafuzhong 1998 TB18 Rendafuzhong is the high school affiliated with Renmin University, located in Beijing Zhongguancun Technology Park JPL · 120942

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016.


Preceded by
119,001–120,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 120,001–121,000
Succeeded by
121,001–122,000