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Meanings of minor planet names: 171001–172000

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]

171001–171100Edit

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

171101–171200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
171112 Sickafoose 2005 ER301 J. Lorin (born 1944) and Tanalynne Sickafoose (1945–2006), parents of the discoverer Amanda Sickafoose Gulbis JPL · 171112
171118 Szigetköz 2005 GJ1 Szigetköz, a beautiful island plain in western Hungary, part of the Little Hungarian Plain JPL · 171118
171153 Allanrahill 2005 GL81 Allan Rahill (born 1958), meteorologist at the Canadian Meteorological Centre JPL · 171153
171171 Prior 2005 GZ164 Richard M. Prior (born 1942), a Professor of Physics who earned a PhD. in Nuclear Physics at the University of Florida JPL · 171171
171183 Haleakala 2005 HJ4 Haleakala (Hawaiian for the house of the sun), high dormant volcano on the island of Maui JPL · 171183

171201–171300Edit

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171256 Lucieconstant 2005 PU5 Lucie Constant (born 1983), goddaughter of French discoverer Bernard Christophe JPL · 171256

171301–171400Edit

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171381 Taipei 2006 OG17 Taipei, known officially as Taipei City, is the political, economic and cultural center of Taiwan. JPL · 171381
171396 Miguel 2006 QH33 Miguel Lacruz Martín (born 1963), Spanish mathematician at Kent State University JPL · 171396

171401–171500Edit

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171429 Hunstead 2007 RD5 Richard W. Hunstead (born 1943), Australian astronomer JPL · 171429
171433 Prothous 2007 RK35 Prothous, from Greek mythology. He is the leader of Magnesia, son of Tenthredon, was one of the suitors of Helen of Troy JPL · 171433
171448 Guchaohao 2007 RD147 Gu Chaohao (1926–2012), a Chinese mathematician who has made contributions to both pure and applied mathematics, and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences JPL · 171448
171458 Pepaprats 2007 TF14 Pepa Prats Cruz (1964–2008), deceased wife of the astrophysicist José Luis Ortiz Moreno, uncredited co-discoverer of this minor planet at La Sagra Observatory JPL · 171458
171465 Evamaria 6847 P-L Eva Maria Schubart (1919–2008), teacher of languages in the southern U.S JPL · 171465

171501–171600Edit

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171588 Náprstek 1999 WG1 Vojta Náprstek (1826–1894), Czech philanthropist and advocate of progressive ideas JPL · 171588

171601–171700Edit

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171624 Nicolemartin 2000 CT106 Nicole P. Martin (born 1973) served as a Pluto flyby sequencer for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 171624

171701–171800Edit

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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

171801–171900Edit

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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

171901–172000Edit

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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
170,001–171,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 171,001–172,000
Succeeded by
172,001–173,000

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