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Meanings of minor planet names: 69001–70000

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]

69001–69100Edit

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

69101–69200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69159 Ivanking 2003 JE16 Ivan R. King (born 1927), prominent astronomer working mainly on the studies of globular clusters JPL · 69159

69201–69300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69228 Kamerunberg 5173 T-3 Mount Cameroon (called Kamerunberg in German), the 4040-meter active volcano, situated in Cameroon near the Gulf of Guinea. JPL · 69228
69230 Hermes 1937 UB Hermes, Greek messenger of the gods JPL · 69230
69231 Alettajacobs 1972 FE Aletta Jacobs (1854–1929), the first Dutch woman to graduate from a university and the first Dutch female physician JPL · 69231
69245 Persiceto 1981 EO The small Italian town of San Giovanni, in Persiceto near Bologna JPL · 69245
69259 Savostyanov 1982 ST7 Savostyanov Fedor Vasil'evich (1924–2012), a Russian painter JPL · 69259
69260 Tonyjudt 1982 TJ Tony Judt (1948–2010), an English-American historian, essayist, and historian JPL · 69260
69261 Philaret 1982 YM1 Philaret (Vasily Mikhailovich Drozdov, 1783–1867), metropolitan bishop of Moscow and Kolomna, was an honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, and ordinary academician in the Department of Russian Language and Literature. Name suggested by N. N. Drozdov. JPL · 69261
69263 Big Ben 1987 BB2 Big Ben, at Westminster, is the name of the great bell and clock tower of the world's largest four-faced chiming clock JPL · 69263
69264 Nebra 1988 PE4 The German town of Nebra where the Nebra sky disk from the Bronze Age has been found JPL · 69264
69275 Wiesenthal 1989 WD4 Simon Wiesenthal (1908–2005), Austro-Hungarian Nazi war criminal hunter MPC · 69275
69286 von Liebig 1990 TN9 Justus von Liebig (1803–1873), German chemist JPL · 69286
69287 Günthereichhorn 1990 TW10 Günther Eichhorn (born 1945), a German-American astronomer. JPL · 69287
69288 Berlioz 1990 TW11 Hector Berlioz (1803–1869), French Romantic composer JPL · 69288
69295 Stecklum 1991 TO6 Bringfried Stecklum (born 1954) is a German astrophysicist. JPL · 69295

69301–69400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69311 Russ 1992 QC Russell Mark Steel (born 1964), brother of Duncan Steel who discovered this minor planet JPL · 69311
69312 Rogerbacon 1992 SH17 Roger Bacon (c. 1219–1292), English philosopher JPL · 69312

69401–69500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69421 Keizosaji 1995 YT2 Keizo Saji (1919–1999), well-known businessmen in Japan and the honorary chief of the Saji Astro Park JPL · 69421
69434 de Gerlache 1996 HC21 Adrien de Gerlache (1866–1934), Belgian naval officer who led the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897 to 1899 JPL · 69434
69460 Christibarnard 1996 UO1 Christiaan Barnard (1922–2001) was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first human-to-human heart transplant in 1967 . JPL · 69460
69469 Krumbenowe 1996 WR Krumbenowe (Chrumbenowe) is the oldest documented name of the town of Český Krumlov. Dating from the mid–13th century, the name seems to originate from German words "Krumben Ouwe", "Krumme Aue" (skew mead) or, maybe, from the much older "Wilt Ahwa" (wild water), referring to the Vltava river. JPL · 69469
69496 Zaoryuzan 1997 AE22 Zao Ryuzan, a 1362-meter mountain located to the southeast of Yamagata city, Yamagata prefecture, Japan JPL · 69496
69500 Ginobartali 1997 CB6 Gino Bartali (1914–2000), an Italian cyclist. JPL · 69500

69501–69600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69594 Ulferika 1998 FF11 Erika (born 1940) and Ulf Lehmann (born 1939), the parents of the discoverer Gerhard Lehmann JPL · 69594

69601–69700Edit

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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

69701–69800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69754 Mosesmendel 1998 MM39 Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786), German-Jewish philosopher JPL · 69754

69801–69900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69869 Haining 1998 SX62 The Chinese Haining City, located at the southern tip of the Yangtze River in northern Zhejiang province JPL · 69869
69870 Fizeau 1998 SM64 Hyppolite Fizeau (1819–1896), a French physicist who improved photographic processes JPL · 69870

69901–70000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69961 Millosevich 1998 VS33 Elia Millosevich (1848–1919), Italian astronomer and discoverer of minor planets MPC · 69961
69971 Tanzi 1998 WD2 Pepe Tanzi (born 1945), Italian lighting industrial designer JPL · 69971
69977 Saurodonati 1998 WL9 Sauro Donati (born 1959), Italian amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 69977

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
68,001–69,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 69,001–70,000
Succeeded by
70,001–71,000