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Meanings of minor planet names: 161001–162000

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]

161001–161100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
161092 Zsigmond 2002 OL28 Vilmos Zsigmond (1930–2016), Academy Award-winning Hungarian-American cinematographer JPL · 161092

161101–161200Edit

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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

161201–161300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
161207 Lidz 2002 TW305 Adam Lidz (born 1973), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 161207
161215 Loveday 2002 UL66 Jonathan Loveday (born 1963), British astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 161215
161278 Cesarmendoza 2003 FW128 Cesar Mendoza (1962–2008), Venezuelan astrophysicist JPL · 161278

161301–161400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
161315 de Shalit 2003 QS5 Amos de Shalit, Israeli nuclear physicist JPL · 161315
161349 Mecsek 2003 SJ127 Mecsek is a mountain range in southern Hungary JPL · 161349
161371 Bertrandou 2003 SO244 Bertrand Christophe (born 1976), son of French discoverer Bernard Christophe, named for Bertrandou le Fifre, a character in Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac JPL · 161371

161401–161500Edit

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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

161501–161600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
161545 Ferrando 2004 XP16 Rafael Ferrando (born 1966), Spanish astronomer, discoverer of minor planets and founder of the Pla D'Arguines Astronomical Observatory (Spanish: Observatorio Astronomico Pla D'Arguines) in Valencia JPL · 161545
161546 Schneeweis 2004 XT16 LtCdr (USN) Scott Schneeweis, American early U.S. space program historian, webmaster of JPL · 161546
161585 Danielhals 2005 GN184 Daniel W. Hals (born 1983) is a software engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who served as the Ground Systems Software Lead for the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. JPL · 161585
161592 Sarahhamilton 2005 PN24 Sarah A. Hamilton (born 1974) is an operations manager at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory. She served as the Mission Operations Planning Lead Manager for the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. JPL · 161592

161601–161700Edit

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161693 Attilladanko 2006 HL46 Attilla Danko (born 1955), Canadian software designer and amateur astronomer JPL · 161693
161699 Lisahardaway 2006 HR140 Lisa Hardaway (1966–2017) was a program manager for Ball Aerospace, who managed the Ralph spectral imaging instrument for the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. JPL · 161699

161701–161800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
161715 Wenchuan 2006 MZ12 The memory of the 90,000 people who lost their lives in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake (or "Wenchuan earthquake") in China JPL · 161715

161801–161900Edit

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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

161901–162000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
161962 Galchyn 2007 HE84 The small village of Galchyn, location of the Andrushivka Astronomical Observatory in Andrushivka, northern Ukraine JPL · 161962
161975 Kincsem 2007 LO Kincsem was the most successful Thoroughbred race horse ever, having won 54 races for 54 starts JPL · 161975
161989 Cacus 1978 CA Cacus, from Roman mythology, a fire-breathing son of the fire good Vulcan. Cacus was killed by Jupiter's son, Hercules. JPL · 161989

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
160,001–161,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 161,001–162,000
Succeeded by
162,001–163,000