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Meanings of minor planet names: 67001–68000

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]

67001–67100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
67070 Rinaldi 2000 AZ2 Alvaro Rinaldi, topographer at the Military Geographic Institute of Florence for 40 years JPL · 67070
67085 Oppenheimer 2000 AG42 J. Robert Oppenheimer, American physicist, also known as the "father of the atomic bomb" JPL · 67085

67101–67200Edit

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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

67201–67300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
67235 Fairbank 2000 EJ15 William Martin Fairbank, American physicist JPL · 67235

67301–67400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
67308 Öveges 2000 HD József Öveges (1895–1979), Hungarian physics teacher and radio and television personality JPL · 67308

67401–67500Edit

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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

67501–67600Edit

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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

67601–67700Edit

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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

67701–67800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
67712 Kimotsuki 2000 UG Kimotsuki Town is the location of JAXA's Uchinoura Space Center. JPL · 67712

67801–67900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
67853 Iwamura 2000 WO9 Akinori Iwamura, Japanese baseball player for the Tokyo Yakult Swallows and the Tampa Bay Devil Rays JPL · 67853

67901–68000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
67979 Michelory 2000 XS10 Michel Ory, Swiss physicist, teacher, and amateur astronomer JPL · 67979

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
66,001–67,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 67,001–68,000
Succeeded by
68,001–69,000