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Meanings of minor planet names: 151001–152000

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]

151001–151100Edit

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

151101–151200Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

151201–151300Edit

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151242 Hajós 2002 AH11 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer and architect JPL · 151242

151301–151400Edit

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151349 Stanleycooper 2002 CW270 Stanley B. Cooper (born 1944), of Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, served as the lead engineer for the spacecraft time-keeping system for the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. JPL · 151349
151351 Dalleore 2002 CS282 Cristina M. Dalle Ore (born 1958) is a senior scientist at the NASA SETI Institute, who served as a composition science team member for the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. JPL · 151351
151362 Chenkegong 2002 CP313 Chen Kegong, grandfather of the Chinese discoverer Ye Quan-Zhi JPL · 151362

151401–151500Edit

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151430 Nemunas 2002 FC14 Nemunas River, the largest river in Lithuania JPL · 151430

151501–151600Edit

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151590 Fan 2002 UR58 Xiaohui Fan, Chinese-American astronomer and builder of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 151590

151601–151700Edit

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151657 Finkbeiner 2002 XV115 Douglas Finkbeiner, American astrophysicist JPL · 151657
151659 Egerszegi 2002 YF3 Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer JPL · 151659
151697 Paolobattaini 2003 AF84 Paolo Battaini (1955–2013), a talented amateur astronomer at the Schiaparelli Observatory in Varese and a gifted popularizer, especially on the human and scientific legacy of Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli, and the exploration of Mars. JPL · 151697

151701–151800Edit

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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

151801–151900Edit

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151834 Mongkut 2003 FB122 King Mongkut (or Rama IV, 1804–1868) was the monarch of Siam from 1851 to 1868. He embraced Western innovations and initiated the modernization of Siam, both in technology and culture, earning him the nickname "The Father of Science and Technology". MPC · 151834
151835 Christinarichey 2003 FC122 Christina Rae Richey (born 1982) is a discipline scientist for the Planetary Science Division at NASA Headquarters. She has championed the cause of minorities in science and has investigated properties of ices, silicate and carbonaceous materials JPL · 151835

151901–152000Edit

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151997 Bauhinia 2004 JL1 Bauhinia blakeana (the Hong Kong orchid tree), the Hong Kong City Flower JPL · 151997

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
150,001–151,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 151,001–152,000
Succeeded by
152,001–153,000