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Meanings of minor planet names: 66001–67000

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]

66001–66100Edit

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

66101–66200Edit

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66151 Josefhanuš 1998 UL Josef Hanuš (born 1983) is a Czech planetary astronomer. He has worked on modeling rotation states and shapes of small Solar System bodies using the technique of rotation lightcurve inversion, and on their physical modeling using also infrared observations, stellar occultation data and adaptive optics observations. JPL · 66151

66201–66300Edit

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66207 Carpi 1999 CB1 Carpi, Italy MPC · 66207

66301–66400Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

66401–66500Edit

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66454 Terezabeatriz 1999 PM Tereza Beatriz Braga (1948–2016) was a psychologist, psychopedagogue and Brazilian teacher, and wife of the amateur astronomer Joo Ribeiro de Barros. She sponsored the SONEAR Observatory (Oliveira-MG). A lover of the stars, she did much to spread astronomy among schoolchildren. JPL · 66454
66458 Romaplanetario 1999 QV1 The planetarium in Rome, Italian: Planetario di Roma, where the discoverer, Gianluca Masi, introduced visitors to the wonders of the Universe. A new planetarium opened in 2004, replacing the older one which closed in 1984. JPL · 66458
66479 Healy 1999 RQ33 David H. Healy (1936–2011), American astrophotographer and discoverer of minor planets, an original contributor to Burnham's Celestial handbook JPL · 66479

66501–66600Edit

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66583 Nicandra 1999 RL156 Nicandra is a genus of flowering plants in the nightshade family containing the single species Nicandra physalodes. While the genus is named for Greek poet Nicander, it is known by the common names "apple-of-Peru" and "shoo-fly plant." Its flowers are bell-shaped, pale violet with white throats. JPL · 66583

66601–66700Edit

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66652 Borasisi 1999 RZ253 Along with its moon, Pabu, the mythical personifications of the Sun (Borasisi) and Moon (Pabu) in the fictional cosmogony of "Bokononism" described in Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle JPL · 66652
66661 Wallin 1999 TK2 John F. Wallin (born 1961), American astrophysicist and educator JPL · 66661
66667 Kambič 1999 TZ11 Bojan Kambič (born 1959), Slovenian founder and editor of the astronomical magazine Spika JPL · 66667
66669 Aradac 1999 TE15 The Serbian village of Aradac located in the Autonomous Province of Vojvodina, where Slovaks have been living in close fraternal ties with Serbs for centuries JPL · 66669
66671 Sfasu 1999 TJ17 Stephen F. Austin State University (the minor planet was discovered at the university's observatory) JPL · 66671

66701–66800Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

66801–66900Edit

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66843 Pulido 1999 VG Alfonso Pulido (born 1957), Spanish astronomical computer programmer, developer of the Elbrus telescope control freeware JPL · 66843
66846 Franklederer 1999 VP2 Louis Franklin Lederer (1935–2009) was a director of Instrumentation Specialties Co. in Lincoln, Nebraska JPL · 66846

66901–67000Edit

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66934 Kálalová 1999 WF1 Vlasta Kálalová-Di Lotti (1896–1971), Czech physician and entomologist, founder and director of the Mustausaf Czechoslovak hospital in Baghdad, Iraq MPC · 66934
66939 Franscini 1999 WQ8 Stefano Franscini (1796–1857), Swiss politician and statistician. He was one of the initial members of the Swiss Federal Council elected in 1848 and Switzerland's first native Italian speaking federal councillor. JPL · 66939

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
65,001–66,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 66,001–67,000
Succeeded by
67,001–68,000