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Meanings of minor planet names: 187001–188000

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]

187001–187100Edit

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

187101–187200Edit

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187123 Schorderet 2005 QO84 Jean-Marcel Schorderet (born 1935), retired director and producer at the Schweizer Fernsehen of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation JPL · 187123
187125 Marxgyörgy 2005 QD87 György Marx (1927–2002), a Hungarian physicist and astrophysicist. JPL · 187125

187201–187300Edit

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187276 Meistas 2005 TM48 Edmundas Meistas (born 1936), a Lithuanian astronomer and writer of popular science articles. Expert in stellar photometry, his research includes the structure of galaxies, interstellar extinction, and asteroseismology of white dwarfs. JPL · 187276
187283 Jeffhopkins 2005 TC66 Jeffrey Hopkins (born 1940), leading amateur photometrist JPL · 187283

187301–187400Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

187401–187500Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

187501–187600Edit

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187514 Tainan 2006 TM94 Tainan is located in southern Taiwan and is the oldest and the fifth-largest city on the island JPL · 187514
187531 Omorichugakkou 2006 UM63 Omorichugakkou is the name of the junior high school in Suzaka-shi, Nagano prefecture, Japan. Students discovered this minor planet during one of the commemoration events for the 60th anniversary of the school's founding. JPL · 187531

187601–187700Edit

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187636 Chungyuan 2007 CF13 The Chung Yuan Christian University (CYCU, formerly Chung Yuan Christian College of Science and Engineering) was established in October 1955 and upgraded to the status of a full university in August 1980. After five decades, CYCU has more than 120,000 alumni. JPL · 187636
187638 Greenewalt 2007 CH26 Crawford Greenewalt (1902–1993), an American chemical engineer who witnessed Fermi's first atomic chain reaction in 1942 JPL · 187638
187679 Folinsbee 2008 DC5 Robert E. Folinsbee (1917–2008), a Canadian geologist at the University of Alberta JPL · 187679
187680 Stelck 2008 DE5 Charles R. Stelck (1917–2016), Canadian paleontologist, stratigrapher and teacher JPL · 187680
187700 Zagreb 2008 EG8 The city of Zagreb, capital and the largest city of Croatia JPL · 187700

187701–187800Edit

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187707 Nandaxianlin 2008 EQ35 Nandaxianlin is the new campus of Nanjing University JPL · 187707
187709 Fengduan 2008 EW36 Feng Duan (1923–), Chinese physicist and member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences JPL · 187709

187801–187900Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

187901–188000Edit

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187981 Soluri 2001 QL307 Michael R. Soluri (born 1946), a documentary photographer who worked as the official project photographer for the New Horizons mission to Pluto JPL · 187981

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
186,001–187,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 187,001–188,000
Succeeded by
188,001–189,000