Meanings of minor planet names: 260001–261000

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]

260001–260100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
260098 Staargyula 2004 ME5 Gyula Staar (born 1944) is a major figure of Hungarian scientific journalism. He has conducted long interviews with prominent mathematicians and physicists, most of which were also published in book form. He is the winner of the 2018 annual science communication award of the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists. JPL · 260098

260101–260200Edit

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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

260201–260300Edit

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260235 Attwood 2004 RU289 Randy Attwood (born 1957), a Canadian editor who has served as national President of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. JPL · 260235

260301–260400Edit

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260366 Quanah 2004 US3 Quanah Parker (c. 1852–1911), Native American and last chief of the Comanche Nation JPL · 260366

260401–260500Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

260501–260600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
260508 Alagna 2005 EU51 Roberto Alagna (born 1963), a French tenor of Sicilian origin. JPL · 260508

260601–260700Edit

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260601 Wesselényi 2005 GP8 Miklós Wesselényi (1796–1850), a Hungarian statesman, leader of the upper house of the Diet, member of the Board of Academy of Sciences, and a hero of the 1838 Pest flood. JPL · 260601
260676 Evethuriere 2005 JT44 Evelyne Gerlic, born Thurière (1944–2013), a researcher in nuclear physics, who worked at the French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), France. JPL · 260676

260701–260800Edit

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260724 Malherbe 2005 KB10 Francois de Malherbe (1555–1628), a French poet and a great defender of the purity of French language. JPL · 260724

260801–260900Edit

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260824 Hermanus 2005 PC24 Hermanus, a South African coastal town previously named "Hermanuspietersfontein", which was founded in honor of the man who taught Dutch to farmers' children JPL · 260824
260886 Henritudor 2005 QP143 Henri Owen Tudor (1859–1928), a Luxembourgish engineer and inventor. JPL · 260886

260901–261000Edit

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260906 Robichon 2005 RR2 Noël Robichon [WD] (born 1967), a French astronomer, working at the Paris-Meudon Observatory. JPL · 260906

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
259,001–260,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 260,001–261,000
Succeeded by
261,001–262,000