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Meanings of minor planet names: 320001–321000

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]

320001–320100Edit

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

320101–320200Edit

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320153 Eglitis 2007 FU20 Ilgmārs Eglītis (born 1951) was the head of the Baldone Observatory and director of the Institute of Astronomy of University of Latvia. JPL · 320153

320201–320300Edit

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320260 Bertout 2007 QA5 Claude Bertout (born 1946), a French astronomer and long-time editor of Astronomy and Astrophysics. JPL · 320260

320301–320400Edit

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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

320401–320500Edit

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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

320501–320600Edit

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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

320601–320700Edit

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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

320701–320800Edit

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320790 Anestin 2008 EN145 Victor Anestin (1875–1918), a Romanian journalist who popularized astronomy and sciences. JPL · 320790

320801–320900Edit

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320880 Cabu 2008 GV21 Jean Cabut (Cabu, 1938–2015), a French comic strip artist and caricaturist. JPL MPC · 320880

320901–321000Edit

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320942 Jeanette-Jesse 2008 GC145 Jeanette (1916–2014) and Jesse (1916–2014) Wasserman, parents of American discoverer Lawrence H. Wasserman JPL · 320942

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
319,001–320,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 320,001–321,000
Succeeded by
321,001–322,000