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Meanings of minor planet names: 170001–171000

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]

170001–170100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
170006 Stoughton 2002 TV309 Chris Stoughton (born 1959), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170006
170007 Strateva 2002 TV323 Iskra Strateva (born 1975), Bulgarian-born, former American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170007
170008 Michaelstrauss 2002 TZ338 Michael Strauss (born 1961), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170008
170009 Subbarao 2002 TY340 Mark Subbarao (born 1968), an American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. JPL · 170009
170010 Szalay 2002 TJ341 Alex Szalay (born 1949), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170010
170011 Szkody 2002 TE352 Paula Szkody (born 1948), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170011
170012 Anithakar 2002 TF359 Ani Thakar (born 1960), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170012
170022 Douglastucker 2002 UO66 Douglas Tucker (born 1965), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170022
170023 Vogeley 2002 UR68 Michael S. Vogeley (born 1965), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170023
170073 Ivanlinscott 2002 VU129 Ivan R. Linscott (born 1942) is an emeritus research scientist for Stanford University, who served as a science team co-investigator and as Principal Investigator of the REX Radio Science Instrument for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 170073

170101–170200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
170162 Nicolashayek 2003 FJ2 Nicolas Hayek (1928–2010), Swiss-Lebanese entrepreneur best known for the Swatch. He has also been a member of the Jura Astronomy Society (French: Société Jurassienne d'Astronomie), owner of the Jura Observatory, where this minor planet was discovered JPL · 170162

170201–170300Edit

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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

170301–170400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
170306 Augustzátka 2003 SZ32 August Zátka (1847–1935), Czech personality of České Budějovice JPL · 170306
170395 Nicolevogt 2003 SP319 Nicole Vogt (born 1967), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 170395

170401–170500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
170487 Mallder 2003 UE285 Valerie A. Mallder (born 1963) is a systems engineer at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, who served as a Deputy Mission Systems Engineer for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 170487

170501–170600Edit

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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

170601–170700Edit

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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

170701–170800Edit

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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

170801–170900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
170879 Verbeeckje 2004 LV5 Elena Verbeeck (born 2010) daughter of Francis Verbeeck, friend of Belgian astronomer Peter De Cat who discovered this minor planet JPL · 170879
170900 Jendrassik 2004 VY69 György Jendrassik (1898–1954), a Hungarian mechanical engineer who designed the world's first turboprop engine JPL · 170900

170901–171000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
170906 Coluche 2004 XC41 Michel Colucci (1944–1986), better known as "Coluche", French comedian and actor JPL · 170906
170909 Bobmasterson 2004 XW62 Bob Masterson (born 1951), an accomplished amateur astronomer and astrophotographer. JPL · 170909
170927 Dgebessire 2005 AS3 Gérad Bessire (born 1953), a biologist and pedagogue from Courroux, Switzerland JPL · 170927
170995 Ritajoewright 2005 EM2 Rita (born 1953) and Joseph (born 1962) Wright are enthusiastic outreach astronomers in the Kansas City area. Together they have hosted countless evenings under the stars, mostly at the Warkoczewski Public Observatory, and have led the Heart of America star party, one of the largest gatherings in the U.S., for many years. JPL · 170995

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
169,001–170,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 170,001–171,000
Succeeded by
171,001–172,000