Meanings of minor planet names: 261001–262000

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]

261001–261100Edit

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

261101–261200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
261109 Annie 2005 SN284 Annie Lakey Becker (born 1980), an American microbiologist and wife of the discoverer Andrew C. Becker JPL · 261109
261110 Neoma 2005 SE285 Neoma Tennyson Skye Becker (born 2015) is the daughter of the discoverer. JPL · 261110

261201–261300Edit

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261291 Fucecchio 2005 UC159 Fucecchio, a historic Italian town located between Pisa and Florence JPL · 261291

261301–261400Edit

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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

261401–261500Edit

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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

261501–261600Edit

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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

261601–261700Edit

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261690 Jodorowsky 2005 YU210 Alejandro Jodorowsky (born 1929), a Chilean-French film-maker, playwright, actor, author, musician and comics writer. JPL · 261690

261701–261800Edit

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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

261801–261900Edit

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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

261901–262000Edit

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261930 Moorhead 2006 KF138 James Marshall Moorhead (born 1940), an American-Canadian astronomer JPL · 261930
261936 Liulin 2006 OR2 Liu Lin (born 1936), a professor at China's Nanjing University JPL · 261936

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
260,001–261,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 261,001–262,000
Succeeded by
262,001–263,000