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Meanings of minor planet names: 300001–301000

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]

300001–300100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
300082 Moyocoanno 2006 US217 Moyoco Anno (born 1971), a Japanese cartoonist and fashion writer. JPL · 300082

300101–300200Edit

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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

300201–300300Edit

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300221 Brucebills 2006 XA5 Bruce G. Bills (born 1951), an American planetary scientist and director of JPL's "Asteroids, Comets, and Satellites Group" Scr JPL · 300221
300226 Francocanepari 2006 XK51 Franco Canepari (born 1953) is the cofounder of Valdinievole Association of Astronomy A. Pieri. His major activity is devoted to the popularization of astronomy at the Planetarium of Monsummano Terme. He is also interested in observations of the Sun and planets. JPL · 300226

300301–300400Edit

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300334 Antonalexander 2007 RF18 Anton Alexander (born 2010) is the second son of the discoverer, Michael Koenig, and Agathe Schmid-Koenig. JPL · 300334

300401–300500Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

300501–300600Edit

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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

300601–300700Edit

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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

300701–300800Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

300801–300900Edit

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300892 Taichung 2008 BT15 Taichung, third largest city of Taiwan JPL · 300892

300901–301000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
300909 Kenthompson 2008 BZ45 Ken Thompson (born 1943), an American pioneer of computer science JPL · 300909
300928 Uderzo 2008 CQ72 Albert Uderzo (born 1927) the co-creator of comic book character Asterix. JPL · 300928
300932 Kyslyuk 2008 CL117 Vitalij Stepanovych Kyslyuk (1940–2014), a Ukrainian astronomer. JPL · 300932

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
299,001–300,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 300,001–301,000
Succeeded by
301,001–302,000