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Meanings of minor planet names: 378001–379000

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]

378001–378100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
378002 ʻAkialoa 2006 RK112 The `akialoa are a group of birds that were native to the Hawaiian Islands. They had a long, curved bill that took up one-third of their body length, and had yellow plumage. The `akialoa are now extinct on O`ahu and Maui, and likely on Kaua`i. JPL · 378002

378101–378200Edit

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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

378201–378300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
378204 Bettyhesser 2006 YF49 Betty Hinsdale Hesser (born 1938), passionately curious about, and gifted in languages, music and science, generously shares in an easily accessible manner her extensive knowledge, particularly about astronomy and reptiles, with people of all ages to address common misunderstandings and stimulate broader comprehension of nature. JPL · 378204
378214 Sauron 2007 AP11 Sauron is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien's fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. He created the One Ring to rule the rings of power. Due to Sauron's war-like nature, a Mars-crossing minor planet was chosen to receive his name. JPL · 378214

378301–378400Edit

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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

378401–378500Edit

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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

378501–378600Edit

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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

378601–378700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
378669 Rivas 2008 HO4 Marc Rivas (born 1942), a French amateur astronomer. JPL · 378669

378701–378800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
378721 Thizy 2008 QP14 Olivier Thizy (born 1966), a French engineer. JPL · 378721

378801–378900Edit

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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

378901–379000Edit

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378917 Stefankarge 2008 UP91 Stefan Karge (born 1963), a German amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 378917

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
377,001–378,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 378,001–379,000
Succeeded by
379,001–380,000