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Meanings of minor planet names: 168001–169000

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]

168001–168100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
There are no named minor planets in this number range

168101–168200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
168126 Chengbruce 2006 GK Bruce C. H. Cheng (born 1936), Taiwanese ecological entrepreneur, chairman and CEO of Delta Electronics, Inc. JPL · 168126

168201–168300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
168221 Donjennings 2006 JO60 Don E. Jennings (born 1948) of the NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center, served as a Co-Investigator for Surface Composition Science for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 168221
168234 Hsi Ching 2006 KX67 Hsi Ching, or the Western Capital, is a term often used in Chinese history. It may refer to Haoking (10th century BCE to 7th century BCE), Ch'ang-an (2nd century BCE to 7th century CE), or Ta-t'ung (11th to 12th century CE). JPL · 168234
168261 Puglia 2006 PW3 Apulia (in Italian Puglia), a region at the south-eastern end of the Italian peninsula JPL · 168261

168301–168400Edit

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168321 Josephschmidt 1991 RJ3 Joseph Schmidt (1904–1942), an operatic tenor who performed in the world's top concert halls JPL · 168321
168358 Casca 1996 DF2 "Casca", the Canadian Astronomical Society (French: Société Canadienne d'Astronomie) JPL · 168358

168401–168500Edit

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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

168501–168600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
168531 Joshuakammer 1999 VF12 Joshua A. Kammer (born 1986) is a research scientist at the Southwest Research Institute, who served as a postdoctoral science team member for the atmospheric investigation for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 168531

168601–168700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
168635 Davidkaufmann 2000 CU109 David E. Kaufmann (born 1964), a principal analyst at the Southwest Research Institute, served as a PEPSSI Instrument Sequencer for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 168635
168638 Waltersiegmund 2000 CH149 Walter Siegmund (born 1950) is an American engineer, the Project Engineer for the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, and a designer of the telescope and its optical fiber positioning system JPL · 168638
168698 Robpickman 2000 GX140 Robert D. Pickman (born 1945), was an engineer for IBM and also for NASA developing ground-based systems to support the space shuttle JPL · 168698

168701–168800Edit

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168767 Kochte 2000 QZ244 Mark C. Kochte (born 1962) of the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, served as a mission operations analyst in support of the SWAP instrument command sequences for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 168767

168801–168900Edit

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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

168901–169000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
168948 Silvestri 2000 YX143 Nicole Silvestri (born 1973) is an American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, known for establishing a chromospheric activity-age relation for M dwarf stars and work on SDSS close binary systems JPL · 168948

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
167,001–168,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 168,001–169,000
Succeeded by
169,001–170,000