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Meanings of minor planet names: 154001–155000

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]

154001–154100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
154004 Haolei 2002 AW205 Lei Hao (born 1976), Chinese astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 154004
154005 Hughharris 2002 AU206 Hugh Harris (born 1947), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey with stellar parallax measurements and white dwarf identifications JPL · 154005
154006 Suzannehawley 2002 AD207 Suzanne Hawley (born 1960), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 154006

154101–154200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
154141 Kertész 2002 EJ160 André Kertész (1894–1985), Hungarian photographer JPL · 154141

154201–154300Edit

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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

154301–154400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
154378 Hennessy 2002 XR115 Gregory Hennessy (born 1963), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 154378

154401–154500Edit

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154493 Portisch 2003 FU6 Lajos Portisch (born 1937), a Hungarian chess Grandmaster JPL · 154493

154501–154600Edit

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154554 Heatherelliott 2003 GC52 Heather A. Elliott (born 1971) is a principal scientist at the Southwest Research Institute who served as a co-investigator for plasma and solar wind science for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 154554
154587 Ennico 2003 KL22 Kimberly Ennico Smith (born 1972), a Research Astrophysicist at NASA Ames Research Center, served as a Deputy Project Scientist for the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. JPL · 154587

154601–154700Edit

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154660 Kavelaars 2004 FX29 John J. Kavelaars (born 1966), Canadian astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 154660

154701–154800Edit

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154714 de Schepper 2004 LU5 Mieke de Schepper (1943–2003) was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died fighting against the disease JPL · 154714

154801–154900Edit

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154865 Stefanheutz 2004 RO84 Stefan Heutz (born 1980), German jurist and amateur astrophotographer JPL · 154865

154901–155000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
154902 Davidtoth 2004 RU247 David Toth (born 1955), Canadian Emergency Room physician, private pilot and radio operator JPL · 154902
154932 Sviderskiene 2004 TB21 Zinaida Sviderskiene (born 1945), Lithuanian astronomer and director of the Vilnius Planetarium JPL · 154932
154938 Besserman 2004 TX49 Lawrence Besserman (born 1945), specialist in medieval and early modern periods of English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem JPL · 154938
154991 Vinciguerra 2005 BX26 Lucia Vinciguerra (born 1965), friend of Italian astronomer Andrea Boattini who co-discovered this minor planet JPL · 154991

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
153,001–154,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 154,001–155,000
Succeeded by
155,001–156,000