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Meanings of minor planet names: 279001–280000

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]

279001–279100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
279035 Mara 2008 VX4 Mara Ruiz (born 2000), the daughter of Spanish co-discoverer Jose Maria Ruiz (currently not credited by the Minor Planet Center). JPL · 279035

279101–279200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
279119 Khamatova 2009 OY1 Chulpan Khamatova (born 1975), a Russian theater and film actress JPL · 279119

279201–279300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
279226 Demisroussos 2009 UR103 Demis Roussos (1946–2015), a Greek singer and performer, best remembered for being a member of Aphrodite's Child, a rock band that also included Greek musician Vangelis JPL · 279226
279274 Shurpakov 2009 WL8 Sergey Shurpakov (born 1966), a Belarusian amateur astronomer, observer of comets and discoverer of minor planets and coordinator of the "International Comet Quarterly" (ICQ) for Belarus JPL · 279274

279301–279400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
279377 Lechmankiewicz 2010 CH1 Lech Mankiewicz (born 1960), a director of the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw. JPL · 279377
279397 Dombeck 2010 DN77 Thomas W. Dombeck (1945–2016) received his Physics PhD from Northwestern University. He displayed his creative genius as professor, research scientist, project director for Pan-STARRS, husband and father. JPL · 279397

279401–279500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
279410 McCallon 2010 EF144 Howard McCallon (born 1945), an American engineer. JPL · 279410

279501–279600Edit

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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

279601–279700Edit

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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

279701–279800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
279723 Wittenberg 1991 RM3 Wittenberg, a town situated in Saxony-Anhalt, Germany. It was starting point of the Reformation, where Martin Luther posted his The Ninety-Five Theses in 1517. JPL · 279723

279801–279900Edit

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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

279901–280000Edit

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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
278,001–279,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 279,001–280,000
Succeeded by
280,001–281,000