Meanings of minor planet names: 302001–303000

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]

302001–302100Edit

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

302101–302200Edit

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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

302201–302300Edit

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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

302301–302400Edit

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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

302401–302500Edit

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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

302501–302600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
302542 Tilmann 2002 NG57 Tilmann Arne Meyer (born 2006), son of German discoverer Maik Meyer JPL · 302542

302601–302700Edit

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302652 Hauke 2002 RW241 Hauke Christoph Meyer (born 2011), son of German discoverer Maik Meyer JPL · 302652

302701–302800Edit

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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

302801–302900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
302849 Richardboyle 2003 FB123 Richard Boyle (born 1943), an astronomer at the Vatican Observatory. He is an expert in high-precision photometry of stars and stellar clusters. His work includes asteroseismology and the discoveries of minor planets using the Vatican Advanced Technology Telescope at Mount Graham, Arizona, United States. JPL · 302849

302901–303000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
302932 Francoballoni 2003 SB314 Nicola Franco Balloni (born 1950), an Italian diplomat and scholar. JPL · 302932

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
301,001–302,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 302,001–303,000
Succeeded by
303,001–304,000