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Meanings of minor planet names: 169001–170000

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]

169001–169100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
169078 Chuckshaw 2001 HD14 Charles Shaw (born 1946), the mission director for the Hubble Space Telescope rescue mission STS-125. JPL · 169078

169101–169200Edit

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169184 Jameslee 2001 QQ306 James E. Lee (born 1958), NASA Marshall Spaceflight Center, served as the NASA Program Manager for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 169184

169201–169300Edit

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169299 Sirko 2001 SK353 Edwin Sirko (born 1978) is a former American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, known for his work on cosmological simulations. He was lead programmer on NASA's official computer game, Moonbase Alpha. JPL · 169299

169301–169400Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

169401–169500Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

169501–169600Edit

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169568 Baranauskas 2002 FN6 Antanas Baranauskas (1835–1902), a Roman Catholic bishop, mathematician and poet who wrote one of the greatest works in Lithuanian literature, Anyksciu silelis (The Forest of Anyksciai). JPL · 169568

169601–169700Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

169701–169800Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

169801–169900Edit

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169834 Hujie 2002 QX95 Hu Jie (born 1981), wife of Chinese astronomer Tao Chen, who discovered this minor planet JPL · 169834

169901–170000Edit

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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

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
168,001–169,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 169,001–170,000
Succeeded by
170,001–171,000

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