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Meanings of minor planet names: 239001–240000

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]

239001–239100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
239046 Judysyd 2006 DQ212 Judith J. Levine (born 1937) and Sydney P. Levine (born 1933), orthopedic surgeon and maritime economic consultant respectively, supported and nurtured the creative and scientific aspirations of their children, one of whom discovered this asteroid. JPL · 239046
239071 Penghu 2006 GF The Taiwanese archipelago of Penghu, the country's only island county consisting of 64 small islands JPL · 239071

239101–239200Edit

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239105 Marcocattaneo 2006 HP57 Marco Cattaneo (born 1963), a science journalist and director of the Italian edition of Scientific American. JPL · 239105
239200 Luoyang 2006 MD13 Luoyang, an ancient city situated on the central plain of China. JPL · 239200

239201–239300Edit

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239203 Simeon 2006 OK14 Simeon I of Bulgaria (864–927), who ruled over Bulgaria from 893 to 927. JPL · 239203

239301–239400Edit

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239307 Kruchynenko 2007 QS3 Vitaliy Grygorovych Kruchynenko (born 1934), professor of physics and mathematics and researcher on meteors and comets JPL · 239307

239401–239500Edit

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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

239501–239600Edit

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239593 Tianwenbang 2008 UD55 Tianwenbang, an alliance of the astronomy clubs of several senior high schools in Kaohsiung, Taiwan JPL · 239593

239601–239700Edit

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239611 Likwohting 2008 UC212 Kwoh-Ting Li (born 1911) was trained as a physicist but became the mastermind of Taiwan's industrial revolution and economic miracle between 1960 and 1990. JPL · 239611
239672 SOFIA 2008 YS1 The Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy (SOFIA) is a joint German-US air-borne observatory. With its 2.5-meter telescope on board a Boeing 747SP aircraft, it allows infrared and sub-millimeter observations from above earth's troposphere, leaving most of the atmospheric water vapor below. JPL · 239672
239675 Mottez 2008 YW24 Fabrice Mottez (born 1963), a French astrophysicist at the Paris Observatory JPL · 239675

239701–239800Edit

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239716 Felixbaumgartner 2009 BF12 Felix Baumgartner (born 1969), an Austrian skydiver, extreme athlete and BASE jumper JPL · 239716
239792 Hankakováčová 2010 EM34 Hanka Kovácová (born 1986), a director and dramaturgist. JPL · 239792

239801–239900Edit

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239890 Edudeldon 2000 RX11 Eduardo Delgado Donate (1977–2007), an astrophysicist who mainly studied the formation of multiple-star and brown-dwarf systems. JPL · 239890

239901–240000Edit

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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
238,001–239,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 239,001–240,000
Succeeded by
240,001–241,000