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Meanings of minor planet names: 215001–216000

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]

215001–215100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
215016 Catherinegriffin 2008 US3 Catherine Grennan (née Griffin, 1939–2004) was the mother of the discoverer. JPL · 215016
215021 Fanjingshan 2009 BJ71 Fanjingshan, located in Tongren City of Guizhou Province (south-west China), was added to the World Heritage List by UNESCO at the 42nd World Heritage Conference in 2018. The rare wildlife and native forest ecosystem are well protected in the region of Fanjingshan National Nature Reserve. JPL · 215021
215044 Joãoalves 2009 DW4 Joõ Alves (born 1968) was the director of Calar Alto Observatory from 2006 to 2010 and is now professor of stellar astrophysics at the University of Vienna. JPL · 215044
215080 Kaohsiung 2009 FX18 Kaohsiung, Taiwan's second-largest city. JPL · 215080
215089 Hermanfrid 2709 P-L Hermanfrid Schubart, German expert in prehistoric archaeology. JPL · 215089

215101–215200Edit

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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

215201–215300Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

215301–215400Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

215401–215500Edit

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215423 Winnecke 2002 GE178 Friedrich August Theodor Winnecke (1835–1897), astronomer at Berlin, Pulkovo and Strasbourg. JPL · 215423
215463 Jobse 2002 QQ66 Klaas Jobse, Dutch gardener and amateur astronomer who operates the Cyclops Observatory in Oostkapelle and a fireball all-sky camera. JPL · 215463

215501–215600Edit

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215592 Normarose 2003 PR4 Norma Rose (1929–2001) was the mother of two surviving children, Cheryll and Jim Riffle, the latter being the first discoverer of this minor planet. JPL · 215592

215601–215700Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

215701–215800Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

215801–215900Edit

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215809 Hugoschwarz 2004 RN287 Hugo Schwarz (1953–2006), Dutch astronomer. JPL · 215809
215841 Čimelice 2005 CH37 Cimelice, a south Bohemian village on the route from Písek to Prague. JPL · 215841
215868 Rohrer 2005 EA153 Heinrich Rohrer (1933–2013), Swiss physicist and Nobel laureate JPL · 215868
215886 Barryarnold 2005 FP Barry Arnold (born 1945), a friend of French discoverer Bernard Christophe JPL · 215886

215901–216000Edit

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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
214,001–215,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 215,001–216,000
Succeeded by
216,001–217,000

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