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Meanings of minor planet names: 255001–256000

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]

255001–255100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
255019 Fleurmaxwell 2005 TN52 Fleur Maxwell (born 1988), Luxembourg's 2005 national champion figure skater. JPL · 255019
255073 Victoriabond 2005 UR8 Victoria Bond, popular Australian science radio presenter of "Diffusion Science Radio" JPL · 255073

255101–255200Edit

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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

255201–255300Edit

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255257 Mechwart 2005 VR1 András Mechwart (1834–1907), a Hungarian industrialist JPL · 255257

255301–255400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
255308 Christianzuber 2005 WB5 Christian Zuber [fr] (1930–2005), a French journalist, writer, film producer and lecturer. JPL · 255308

255401–255500Edit

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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

255501–255600Edit

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255587 Gardenia 2006 OU4 Gardenia, a genus of flowering plants in the coffee family Rubiaceae. The genus was named after Alexander Garden, a Scottish-born American naturalist. JPL · 255587
255598 Paullauterbur 2006 PE1 Paul Lauterbur (1929–2007), an American chemist and Nobel Laureate JPL · 255598

255601–255700Edit

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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

255701–255800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
255703 Stetson 2006 QN90 Peter B. Stetson (born 1952), a Canadian astronomer and developer of freely-available software for the analysis of CCD images and spectra, who is a co-discoverer of minor planets JPL · 255703

255801–255900Edit

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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

255901–256000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
255989 Dengyushian 2006 TU94) Teng Yu-hsien (1906–1944), a Taiwanese musician, known as the Father of Taiwanese Folk Music. He wrote many famous melodies which are considered to be the symbols of Taiwan's mind and spirit. JPL · 255989

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
254,001–255,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 255,001–256,000
Succeeded by
256,001–257,000