Meanings of minor planet names: 254001–255000

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]

254001–254100Edit

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

254101–254200Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

254201–254300Edit

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254299 Shambleau 2004 RT288 "Shambleau" (1933) is a short story by the American writer C. L. Moore (1911–1987). JPL · 254299

254301–254400Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

254401–254500Edit

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254422 Henrykent 2004 VR122 Henry Kent, a Canadian inventor with a passion and curiosity for science and engineering, who worked at the Ontario Science Centre JPL · 254422

254501–254600Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

254601–254700Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

254701–254800Edit

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254749 Kurosawa 2005 PE6 Akira Kurosawa (1910–1998), a Japanese film director, producer, screenwriter and editor JPL · 254749

254801–254900Edit

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254846 Csontváry 2005 RT3 Tivadar Kosztka Csontváry (1853–1919), a Hungarian painter JPL · 254846
254863 Robinwarren 2005 SM4 Robin Warren (born 1937), an Australian pathologist and Nobel Laureate JPL · 254863
254876 Strommer 2005 ST19 Gyula Strommer (1920–1995), a Hungarian mechanical engineer and mathematician, professor of the Budapest University of Technology, and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 254876

254901–255000Edit

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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
253,001–254,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 254,001–255,000
Succeeded by
255,001–256,000