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Meanings of minor planet names: 297001–298000

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 being officially published by the MPC.

297001–297100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
297005 Ellirichter 2010 FY48 Elli Richter (1945–2014), sister of Albert Heller, a member of the TOTAS amateur survey team, who first spotted this asteroid. JPL · 297005
297026 Corton 2010 GJ33 Aloxe-Corton, a French village situated directly north of Beaune, in the famous Burgundy vineyard region JPL · 297026
297082 Bygott 2010 KB21 Kyle Bygott (born 1980) is an experienced flight software engineer at Ball Aerospace who developed and helps to operate the WISE/NEOWISE flight software. JPL · 297082

297101–297200Edit

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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

297201–297300Edit

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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

297301–297400Edit

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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

297401–297500Edit

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297409 Mållgan 2000 RE39 Mållgan, the imaginary friend of the fictitious character Alfons Åberg, created by the Swedish author Gunilla Bergström. Many young children have imaginary friends, although they tend to be abandoned with time. The naming of Mållgan is a tribute to all imaginary friends. JPL · 297409

297501–297600Edit

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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

297601–297700Edit

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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

297701–297800Edit

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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

297801–297900Edit

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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

297901–298000Edit

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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.


Preceded by
296,001–297,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 297,001–298,000
Succeeded by
298,001–299,000