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Meanings of minor planet names: 231001–232000

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]

231001–231100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
231040 Kakaras 2005 EX282 Gunaras Kakaras (born 1939) is a Lithuanian astronomer and one of the most skilled Lithuanian popularizers of astronomy. He is an expert on stellar photometry of binary stars and he wrote several popular books and many popular papers. He established the Lithuanian Museum of Ethnocosmology in 1990. JPL · 231040

231101–231200Edit

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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

231201–231300Edit

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231265 Saulperlmutter 2006 AS4 Saul Perlmutter (born 1959), an American physicist and Nobel laureate JPL · 231265
231278 Kárpáti 2006 BY26 Rudolf Kárpáti (1920–1999), a Hungarian fencer who won six gold medals in sabre at four Olympic Games between 1948 and 1960 JPL · 231278

231301–231400Edit

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231307 Peterfalk 2006 BD186 Peter Falk (1927–2011), an American actor JPL · 231307
231346 Taofanlin 2006 EL67 Tao Fan-Lin, director of the Taipei amateur astronomers association JPL · 231346

231401–231500Edit

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231470 Bedding 2007 RH5 Tim Bedding (born 1966), a full professor at the University of Sydney. JPL · 231470
231486 Capefearrock 2008 PQ2 The Cape Fear High School in Fayetteville, North Carolina, United States. Since 1996, dozens of its students have submitted thousands of near-Earth objects observations to the MPC. JPL · 231486

231501–231600Edit

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231555 Christianeurda 2008 TT2 Christiane-Urda Süßenberger (born 1967), wife of German discoverer Uwe Süßenberger JPL · 231555

231601–231700Edit

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231649 Korotkiy 2009 WW Stanislav Alexandrovich Korotkiy (born 1983), a Russian amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 231649
231666 Aisymnos 1960 SX Aesymnus (Aisymnos), ruler of the Achaeans (Danaans) and Greek warrior from Greek mythology. He was killed by Hektor during the Trojan War. JPL · 231666

231701–231800Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

231801–231900Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

231901–232000Edit

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231969 Sebvauclair 2001 QD94 Sebastien Vauclair (born 1976) is a French astronomer working on high-energy astronomy. He is also a leader in dark-sky protection, especially for the dark-sky reserve known as the Reserve Internationale de Ciel Etoile du Pic du Midi, located in the Pyrenees. JPL · 231969

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
230,001–231,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 231,001–232,000
Succeeded by
232,001–233,000