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Meanings of minor planet names: 173001–174000

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]

173001–173100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
173002 Dorfi 2006 OS Ernst Dorfi (born 1956), Austrian professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Vienna, promoter of astronomy JPL · 173002
173032 Mingus 2006 QF40 Jose Antonio Lacruz Martin (born 1967), a member of the group of observers at Monte del Pardo, Madrid, who obtained his bachelor's degree in law at the Universidad Complutense de Madrid. JPL · 173032
173086 Nireus 2007 RS8 Nireus, son of Aglaea and Charopus, mythological Greek king of Syme island, killed by Eurypylos during the Trojan war JPL · 173086
173094 Wielicki 2007 TM69 Krzysztof Wielicki (born 1950) is a Polish mountaineer. He was fifth man in the world to climb all fourteen of the world's 8000-m mountains. JPL · 173094

173101–173200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
173108 Ingola 6240 P-L Ingeborg Walpurga Gasperi (1915–2002) grew up in Germany and Switzerland. In 1942 she married Mario Gasperi, an Italian engineer and expert in the construction of airplanes. JPL · 173108
173117 Promachus 1973 SA1 Promachus, Greek warrior of the Iliad, killed by the Trojan hero Acamas JPL · 173117

173201–173300Edit

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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

173301–173400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
173395 Dweinberg 2000 CJ149 David Weinberg (born 1963), American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey, known for theoretical interpretation of observed galaxy clustering JPL · 173395

173401–173500Edit

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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

173501–173600Edit

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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

173601–173700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
173649 Jeffreymoore 2001 FS184 Jeffrey M. Moore (born 1953) is a Research Scientist at the NASA Ames Research Center, who served as a Co-Investigator and Geology Science Team Lead for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 173649

173701–173800Edit

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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

173801–173900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
173872 Andrewwest 2001 TJ245 Andrew A. West (born 1977), an American astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 173872

173901–174000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
173936 Yuribo 2001 WM2 Yuribo, official mascot character of the town of Kuma Kogen, Japan JPL · 173936

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
172,001–173,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 173,001–174,000
Succeeded by
174,001–175,000