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Meanings of minor planet names: 167001–168000

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]

167001–167100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
167018 Csontoscsaba 2003 QS29 Csaba Csontos (born 1940), a Hungarian architect JPL · 167018

167101–167200Edit

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167113 Robertwick 2003 SW78 Bob Wick (born 1935), American sculptor, co-chairman of Wick Communications, member of the Arizona Astronomy Board, and light pollution advocate JPL · 167113

167201–167300Edit

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167208 Lelekovice 2003 UN7 The Czech village of Lelekovice, birthplace of co-discoverer Kamil Hornoch, on the occasion of the 720th anniversary of the founding of the village JPL · 167208

167301–167400Edit

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167341 Börzsöny 2003 VG Börzsöny, a mountain range in northern Hungary. JPL · 167341

167401–167500Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

167501–167600Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

167601–167700Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

167701–167800Edit

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167748 Markkelly 2004 XB42 Mark Kelly (born 1964), an astronaut who has flown on four NASA shuttle missions JPL · 167748

167801–167900Edit

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167852 Maturana 2005 DM Angelica Maturana (born 1971), friend of Italian co-discoverer Andrea Boattini JPL · 167852
167875 Kromminga 2005 EV29 Albion Kromminga (born 1933), an American physics professor at Calvin College JPL · 167875

167901–168000Edit

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167960 Rudzikas 2005 EV249 Zenonas Rokus Rudzikas (born 1940), Lithuanian theoretical physicist, author president of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, and director of the Vilnius University Institute of Theoretical Physics and Astronomy JPL · 167960
167971 Carlyhowett 2005 EF303 Carly J. Howett (born 1979) is a research scientist at Southwest Research Institute, who served as an encounter Composition Team co-investigator for the New Horizons Mission to Pluto. JPL · 167971
167976 Ormsbymitchel 2005 GS8 Ormsby M. Mitchel (1809–1862) was an astronomer who founded the Cincinnati Observatory and later became director of the Dudley Observatory. He published the first popular journal of astronomy (The Sidereal Messenger) in the United States and confirmed that the star Antares is a double star. JPL · 167976

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
166,001–167,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 167,001–168,000
Succeeded by
168,001–169,000