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Meanings of minor planet names: 150001–151000

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]

150001–150100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
150035 Williamson 2005 WO Bruce Williamson (born 1953), American senior technician and precision machinist at the NASA Table Mountain Facility JPL · 150035
150046 Cynthiaconrad 2005 XK107 Cynthia A. Conrad (born 1972) is a Senior Specialist at Southwest Research Institute. She served as the Pluto Encounter Logistics Lead for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 150046
150081 Steindl 2006 UH109 Imre Steindl (1839–1902) was a Hungarian architect, full professor of the Budapest University of Technology, and a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. His most famous work, the Hungarian Parliament Building, is regarded by many as a symbol of the capital city. JPL · 150081

150101–150200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
150118 Petersberg 1993 SZ2 The Petersberg is a 250-m hill near of Halle (Saale), Germany. On the hill is an Abbey with its church St. Peter, formerly an Augustinian monastery. Since 1999 it has been an evangelical monastic community. The church served as a burial-place for members of the House Wettin, one of the oldest dynasties of German nobility. JPL · 150118
150129 Besshi 1994 VK7 Besshi copper mine (Besshi Dōzan), one of the richest copper mines in Japan JPL · 150129
150145 Uvic 1996 BH1 The University of Victoria ("UVic"), British Columbia, Canada, home to the Climenhaga Observatory (657), where this minor planet was discovered JPL · 150145

150201–150300Edit

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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

150301–150400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
150374 Jasoncook 2000 CW109 Jason C. Cook (born 1977), an American scientist at the Southwest Research Institute who worked on the composition team for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 150374

150401–150500Edit

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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

150501–150600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
150520 Dong 2000 RF107 Feng Dong (born 1979), Chinese-American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 150520

150601–150700Edit

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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

150701–150800Edit

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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

150801–150900Edit

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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

150901–151000Edit

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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

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
149,001–150,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 150,001–151,000
Succeeded by
151,001–152,000