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Meanings of minor planet names: 53001–54000

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]

53001–53100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
53029 Wodetzky 1998 WY6 József Wodetzky (1872–1956), a Hungarian astronomer and mathematician who was director of the Astronomical Institute of Pázmány Péter University from 1934 to 1942. His research was in classical astronomy, mainly concerned with the three-body problem and the motion of the Moon. JPL · 53029
53093 La Orotava 1998 YO12 La Orotava, a town and municipality in the northern part of the Island of Tenerife JPL · 53093

53101–53200Edit

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53157 Akaishidake 1999 CP Akaishidake Mountain, Shizuoka, Japan JPL · 53157
53159 Mysliveček 1999 CN3 Josef Mysliveček (1737–1781), a Czech composer from the period of early classicism. He worked in Italy (Il divino Boemo) beginning in 1763. He composed orchestral works, oratorios and operas. JPL · 53159

53201–53300Edit

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53237 Simonson 1999 CU118 Walter Simonson (born 1946) is an American comic book writer and artist. JPL · 53237
53250 Beucher 1999 DY3 Jacqueline Beucher (born 1947) has been a tireless promoter of astronomy for several decades. She has served in various official roles for the Astronomical Society of Kansas City and the Astronomical League. Beucher also has helped plan and organize many astronomy conventions and has led several solar eclipse tours. JPL · 53250
53252 Sardegna 1999 EY4 Sardinia, in Italian JPL · 53252
53253 Zeiler 1999 EV5 Michael Zeiler (born 1956) is a technical writer at the Environmental Systems Research Institute who helped develop the ArcGIS geographic information system JPL · 53253
53256 Sinitiere 1999 FD Robert Sinitiere (born 1950), an amateur astronomer and pharmacist. JPL · 53256
53285 Mojmír 1999 FM53 Mojmír, ruler of the Great Moravian Empire from (830–845/46). He promoted Christianity in his empire, trying to attach Moravia to Western Europe. JPL · 53285

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53311 Deucalion 1999 HU11 Deucalion, the Ancient Greek mythological Adam. After a flood in which all humans were drowned except for Deucalion and (his wife) Pyrrha, an oracle tells them to "throw the bones of their mother" behind them. Puzzled, they decided that their mother is Earth and her bones are stones. The stones they then threw over their shoulders sprang up into people to repopulate the world. JPL · 53311
53316 Michielford 1999 JY3 Michiel Ford, American amateur astronomer, recipient of a Milken National Educator Award JPL · 53316

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53468 Varros 2000 AC2 George Varros (born 1959) is an amateur astronomer who helped NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office popularize lunar-meteoroid-impact monitoring by amateur astronomers, for the purpose of assessing the dangers to future astronauts during prolonged visits to the lunar surface. JPL · 53468

53501–53600Edit

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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

53601–53700Edit

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53629 Andrewpotter 2000 CJ112 Andrew E. Potter (born 1926) is a space scientist who discovered the sodium and potassium components of the atmospheres of both Mercury and the moon. JPL · 53629

53701–53800Edit

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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

53801–53900Edit

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53843 Antjiekrog 2000 FG10 Antjie Krog (born 1952), a South African writer. JPL · 53843

53901–54000Edit

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53910 Jánfischer 2000 GF4 Ján Fischer (1905–1980) was a theoretical physicist and professor at Comenius University, Bratislava. He studied interaction between matter and electromagnetic radiation and significantly contributed to the quantum theory of photoelectric effect and Compton phenomenon. JPL · 53910

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
52,001–53,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 53,001–54,000
Succeeded by
54,001–55,000