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Meanings of minor planet names: 40001–41000

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]

40001–40100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40007 Vieuxtemps 1998 HV102 Henri Vieuxtemps (1820–1881), a Belgian composer and violist JPL · 40007
40023 ANPCEN 1998 HU148 The National Association for the Protection of the Sky and Nightly Environments in France (ANPCEN) was established in March 1999. Presently 581 communities have joined the association. Recently Strasbourg, a city of 300,000 inhabitants, has signed the association's charter. JPL · 40023
40092 Memel 1998 ME47 Neman or Memel River, whose Couronian-Latvian name means silent JPL · 40092

40101–40200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40106 Erben 1998 QW5 Karel Jaromír Erben (1811–1870), Czech author, poet, and collector of folk songs, rhymes and fairy tales JPL · 40106
40134 Marsili 1998 QO53 The Marsili undersea volcano located in the Tyrrhenian Sea, south of Naples, Italy. It is Europe's highest and largest submarine volcano. JPL · 40134

40201–40300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40206 Lhenice 1998 SB36 Lhenice, South Bohemia, Czech market town MPC · 40206
40227 Tahiti 1998 SR145 Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia, where the British astronomer Charles Green observed the 1769 transit of Venus JPL · 40227
40230 Rožmberk 1998 TJ6 Rožmberkové (The Rosenbergs), one of the most significant Bohemian noble families JPL · 40230
40248 Yukikajiura 1998 XF5 Yuki Kajiura (born 1965) is a Japanese composer and musical producer. She has composed the soundtrack music for many anime films and has formed the musical groups FictionJunction and Kalafina. JPL · 40248

40301–40400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40328 Dow 1999 MK Marjorie Dow Healy (1906–2000), mother of David Healy who discovered this minor planet MPC · 40328

40401–40500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40409 Taichikato 1999 RS2 Taichi Kato (born 1961), Japanese astronomer JPL · 40409
40410 Příhoda 1999 RJ3 Pavel Příhoda (born 1934), Czech author and astronomy popularizer, editor-in-chief of The Czech Astronomical Yearbook JPL · 40410
40436 Sylviecoyaud 1999 RQ32 Sylvie Coyaud, a French-Italian scientific reporter and amateur astronomer JPL · 40436
40440 Dobrovský 1999 RU34 Josef Dobrovský (1753–1829), a Czech linguist, who codified the rules of the written Czech language JPL · 40440
40441 Jungmann 1999 RW34 Josef Jungmann (1773–1847), Czech poet, publicist and literary historian, author of the Czech-German Dictionary JPL · 40441
40444 Palacký 1999 RV35 František Palacký (1798–1876), Czech historian and politician JPL · 40444
40447 Lorenzoni 1999 RC37 Giuseppe Lorenzoni (1843–1914), an Italian astronomer and scientist JPL · 40447
40457 Williamkuhn 1999 RG43 William Kuhn (1918–2003), American amateur astronomer, designer of the Orange County Astronomers 57 cm Kuhn telescope at Anza, California Src MPC · 40457
40459 Rektorys 1999 RK43 Karel Rektorys (born 1923), Czech mathematician and professor at the Czech Technical University in Prague JPL · 40459
40463 Frankkameny 1999 RE44 Frank Kameny (1925–2011), American astronomer in the 1950s JPL · 40463

40501–40600Edit

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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

40601–40700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40684 Vanhoeck 1999 RE214 Luc Vanhoeck (1959–2005), Belgian amateur astronomer and pioneer of digital astrophotography JPL · 40684

40701–40800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40763 Zloch 1999 TS14 František Zloch (born 1949) is a retired solar observer of the Czech Academy of Sciences in Ondřejov. He conducted systematic observations of solar activity from 1981 to 2011, which were used by the International Patrol Service. He was also the founder and first director of the Rimavská Sobota Observatory (1975–1981). JPL · 40763
40764 Gerhardiser 1999 TA16 Gerhard Iser (born 1962), German amateur astronomer and mentor of one of the discoverers JPL · 40764
40774 Iwaigame 1999 TH20 Iwaigame Mountain, located in the southern part of the Asahi mountain range. JPL · 40774
40775 Kalafina 1999 TO20 Kalafina, a Japanese vocal group formed in 2007 by composer Yuki Kajiura to produce the soundtrack music for the anime "Kara no Kyoukai", also known in English as "The Garden of Sinners". Their popularity has grown and they are now a neoclassical pop group presenting frequent concerts in Japan and internationally. JPL · 40775
40776 Yeungkwongyu 1999 TA21 William Kwong Yu Yeung (born 1960), a Canadian amateur astronomer and one of the world's most prolific amateur discoverers of minor planets and comets. He has also found J002E3, believed to be the Apollo 12 S-IVB stage. JPL · 40776

40801–40900Edit

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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

40901–41000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
40917 Pauljorden 1999 TW156 Paul Jorden (born 1951) has a unique career that has included leadership positions in the scientific community (Royal Greenwich Observatory) and industry (e2v technologies). His teams have developed state-of-the-art imaging sensors and applied them to ground-based and space astronomy over a period of more than three decades. JPL · 40917
40919 Johntonry 1999 TF162 John Tonry (born 1953), of the University of Hawaii, has worked at the cutting edge of science and technology in astronomy. He developed the orthogonal transfer CCD concept, and a new method for extragalactic distance determinations, and was on the team that made the Nobel Prize winning discovery of dark energy. JPL · 40919
40981 Stephenholland 1999 TL284 Stephen Holland (born 1956), of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is a pioneer in the development of silicon detectors for medical imaging, x-ray photon sciences, astronomy, and high-energy physics. JPL · 40981
40994 Tekaridake 1999 UZ2 Tekaridake, a mountain in the northern part of Shizuoka Prefecture, Japan JPL · 40994

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
39,001–40,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 40,001–41,000
Succeeded by
41,001–42,000