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Meanings of minor planet names: 160001–161000

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]

160001–160100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
160001 Bakonybél 2006 GU31 The ancient village of Bakonybél (founded in 1018) is located in the heart of the High Bakony Landscape Protection Area JPL · 160001
160013 Elbrus 1294 T-2 Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain of the Caucasus in Russia JPL · 160013

160101–160200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
160105 Gobi 2000 SK43 The Gobi Desert, a large region in Asia, covering parts of southern Mongolia and northwestern China, historically known for being part of the Mongol Empire, and for the location of several important cities along the Silk Road. JPL · 160105

160201–160300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
160215 Haines-Stiles 2002 CB274 Geoffrey Haines-Stiles (born 1948) served as the Public Outreach Cinematographer for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 160215
160259 Mareike 2002 QH53 Mareike Hönig (born 1981), German mathematician and wife of the discoverer Sebastian F. Hönig JPL · 160259

160301–160400Edit

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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

160401–160500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
160493 Nantou 2007 CD13 Nantou County is located at the geographical center of Taiwan JPL · 160493

160501–160600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
160512 Franck-Hertz 1990 TE11 James Franck (1882–1964) and Gustav Hertz (1887–1975) received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925 JPL · 160512

160601–160700Edit

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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

160701–160800Edit

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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

160801–160900Edit

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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

160901–161000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
160903 Shiokaze 2001 TO56 The Japan Railway's express train Shiokaze was inaugurated in 1972, connecting Uwajima with Takamatsu, Japan JPL · 160903

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
159,001–160,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 160,001–161,000
Succeeded by
161,001–162,000

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