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Meanings of minor planet names: 56001–57000

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]

56001–56100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
56041 Luciendumont 1998 XO4 Lucien Dumont, aeronautics engineer who worked for the French Railways (SNCF) JPL · 56041
56088 Wuheng 1999 AZ23 Heng Wu, leader and organizer of China's science and technology MPC · 56088
56100 Luisapolli 1999 BM14 Luisa Polli, sister of the grandmother of the discoverer MPC · 56100

56101–56200Edit

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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

56201–56300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
56280 Asemo 1999 KS5 ASEMO, the Astronomical Society of Eastern Missouri JPL · 56280

56301–56400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
56329 Tarxien 1999 WO1 The Tarxien temples on Malta MPC · 56329

56401–56500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
56422 Mnajdra 2000 GV3 Mnajdra, prehistoric temple complex built with large limestone blocks, located on the southern coast of Malta JPL · 56422

56501–56600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
56561 Jaimenomen 2000 JG7 Jaume Nomen (born 1960) Spanish prolific discoverer of minor planets at the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca MPC · 56561

56601–56700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
56678 Alicewessen 2000 LR1 Alice Wessen (born 1957) has worked for over twenty years at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory as Outreach Manager for planetary missions. She is a Co-Investigator for the Planetary Science Education and Public Outreach Forum, and is a recipient of NASA's Exceptional Service Medal. JPL · 56678

56701–56800Edit

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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

56801–56900Edit

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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

56901–57000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
56957 Seohideaki 2000 SY20 Hideaki Seo, the governor of Sundai Gakuen high school. JPL · 56957

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
55,001–56,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 56,001–57,000
Succeeded by
57,001–58,000