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Meanings of minor planet names: 162001–163000

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]

162001–162100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
162001 Vulpius 1990 TH9 Melchior Vulpius (c. 1570–1615), a German singer and composer of church music JPL · 162001
162002 Spalatin 1990 TC10 George Spalatin (1484–1545) was a German theologian, humanist and historian. In 1502 he went to the University of Wittenberg and had good relations with Martin Luther and to the Reformation. Spalatin was painted by Lukas Cranach, father and son. He died at Altenburg and was buried in the St. Batholomew church. JPL · 162002
162011 Konnohmaru 1994 AB1 Konnohmaru is a legendary warrior of the Heiji Rebellion (1159) JPL · 162011
162035 Jirotakahashi 1995 YW1 Jiro Takahashi (born 1949), professor of science education at Ehime University JPL · 162035

162101–162200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
162158 Merrillhess 1999 CZ9 Merrill Hess (born 1955), an amateur astronomer and has been President and Vice-President of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society many times. JPL · 162158
162166 Mantsch 1999 FW82 Paul Mantsch (born 1941), American particle and astro-particle physicist with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 162166
162173 Ryugu 1999 JU3 Ryūgū-jō (Ryugu), the undersea palace of the dragon deity Ryūjin in Japanese mythology, from where a Japanese fisherman brought back a box with a secret. The naming alludes to the Hayabusa 2 asteroid sample return mission. JPL · 162173

162201–162300Edit

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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

162301–162400Edit

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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

162401–162500Edit

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162466 Margon 2000 JA90 Bruce Margon (born 1948), American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 162466

162501–162600Edit

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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

162601–162700Edit

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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

162701–162800Edit

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162755 Spacesora 2000 WA68 "Space Sora", the non-profit organization who has contributed to the popularization of science, especially astronomy, among children in Ehime prefecture, Japan, since 2008 JPL · 162755

162801–162900Edit

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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

162901–163000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
162937 Prêtre 2001 PQ9 René Prêtre (born 1957), a Swiss heart surgeon who treats children in both Switzerland and Mozambique. He was voted Swiss of the Year in 2009. JPL · 162937
162978 Helenhart 2001 QD333 Helen M. Hart (born 1954), a mission operations analyst at the Applied Physics Laboratory, worked as a Mission Sequencer for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 162978

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
161,001–162,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 162,001–163,000
Succeeded by
163,001–164,000