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Meanings of minor planet names: 73001–74000

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]


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
73046 Davidmann 2002 EG112 David Mann (born 1941) is a sample-preparation expert who produced high-quality thin sections of Apollo moon rocks at NASA Johnson Space Center. JPL · 73046
73059 Kaunas 2002 FO5 Kaunas, the second largest city in Lithuania JPL · 73059
73079 Davidbaltimore 2002 GX8 David Baltimore, American biologist and Nobelist, seventh president of the California Institute of Technology JPL · 73079


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73199 Orlece 2002 JY12 The Orthopedic Learning Centre of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was established in 1999. With the mission statement "Learn and Practice to Serve Better", it provides comprehensive medical education to the orthopaedic community locally and internationally. JPL · 73199


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73342 Guyunusa 2002 JX115 Guyunusa, wife of the warrior Tacuabé, native Uruguayans sold for exhibition in France in 1833 JPL · 73342


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
73442 Feruglio 2002 NE5 Chiara Feruglio, Italian astronomer JPL · 73442
73453 Ninomanfredi 2002 NJ34 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor JPL · 73453
73465 Buonanno 2002 NP55 Roberto Buonanno, Italian astronomer, director of the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma JPL · 73465
73491 Robmatson 2002 PO164 Robert D. Matson, American amateur astronomer and software developer MPC · 73491


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
73511 Lovas 2002 YD3 Miklós Lovas, Hungarian astronomer JPL · 73511
73517 Cranbrook 2003 FG78 Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan JPL · 73517
73520 Boslough 2003 MB1 Mark Boslough, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories. JPL · 73520
73529 Giorgiopalumbo 2003 OF1 Giorgio G.C. Palumbo (1939–2018) was an astrophysicist and a professor at the University of Bologna. He advised dozens of students, contributed to the birth of high energy astronomy, and fostered the growth of cosmic ray physics, thus laying the seeds of modern high energy astrophysics and astroparticle projects. JPL · 73529
73533 Alonso 2003 OC6 Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula One racing driver JPL · 73533
73534 Liviasavioli 2003 OD7 Livia Savioli (born 1986) is an Italian aerospace engineer. She performed research studies on space debris to preserve the orbital environment for future space missions. She is currently looking further in space, working on an exploration mission towards Mars. JPL · 73534


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
73610 Klyuchevskaya 1054 T-3 Klyuchevskaja, the active 4750-m volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. JPL · 73610
73637 Guneus 1973 SX1 One of the Achaean leaders in the Trojan War JPL · 73637
73638 Likhanov 1975 VC9 Albert Anatolievich Likhanov (born 1935), a famous Russian writer, academician of the Russian Academy of Education, professor at several universities, and founder and head of Russia's largest children's charity fund, Russian Children Foundation. JPL · 73638
73640 Biermann 1977 RM Ludwig Biermann, German astrophysicist JPL · 73640
73670 Kurthopf 1982 QP Kurt Hopf, German head teacher of the primary school of Hof, Germany, director of the Sternwarte Hof (Hof Public Observatory) and astronomical educator JPL · 73670
73686 Nussdorf 1990 TV1 the abundant walnut trees, Nussdorf is a village in south-western Germany's Palatinate. JPL · 73686
73687 Thomas Aquinas 1990 TQ2 Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian JPL · 73687
73692 Gürtler 1991 RL3 Joachim Gürtler, German astronomer MPC · 73692
73693 Dorschner 1991 RQ3 Johann Dorschner, German astronomer MPC · 73693
73699 Landaupfalz 1991 TH3 Landau/Pfalz is a German university town in southern Rhineland-Palatinate, embedded in vineyards and surrounded by wine-growing villages. JPL · 73699
73700 von Kues 1991 TW4 Nicholas of Cusa (Nicolaus Cusanus) (Nikolaus Krebs von Kues), German theologian and philosopher. JPL · 73700


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
73701 Siegfriedbauer 1991 TU5 Siegfried J. Bauer (born 1930), a professor emeritus of meteorology and geophysics at the University of Graz, Austria. JPL · 73701
73703 Billings 1991 TL15 Gary W. Billings, Canadian geophysicist and amateur astronomer MPC · 73703
73704 Hladiuk 1991 TW15 Donald W. Hladiuk, Canadian geologist and amateur astronomer MPC · 73704
73767 Bibiandersson 1994 PQ9 Berit Elisabeth Andersson (born 1935), a Swedish screen actress. JPL · 73767
73769 Delphi 1994 PN12 According to myth, the city of Delphi was at the centre of the world. Delphi lies on the south-west slopes of the Parnassos mountain, in the valley of the river Phokis, and is the most renowned archaeological site in Greece. JPL · 73769
73782 Yanagida 1994 TD15 Yanagida, Ishikawa, Japan, home of the Yanagida Astronomical Observatory (the discovery site) JPL · 73782


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73819 Isaootuki 1995 WV6 Isao Otuki (born 1958) became a member of the Miyagi Abukuma Astronomical Society in 1974 and actively popularizes astronomy. JPL · 73819
73827 Nakanohoshinokai 1996 AB3 The Nakano Star Gazers Club of Nakano, Tokyo, was founded in 1973. JPL · 73827
73857 Hitaneichi 1996 WA3 Hiroshi Taneichi (born 1927), a professor emeritus at Yamagata University. JPL · 73857
73862 Mochigasechugaku 1996 XN32 Mochigase chugaku is a junior high school in Mochigase. It was established in 1956 and will close in 2013. JPL MPC · 73862
73872 Stefanoragazzi 1997 AO17 Stefano Ragazzi (born 1954) is a professor at the Milan Bicocca University and director of Gran Sasso National Laboratory INAF. JPL · 73872
73883 Asteraude 1997 DQ Asteroids discovered by members of Association des utilisateurs de détecteurs électroniques (AUDÉ) are called "astéraudes" MPC · 73883
73885 Kalaymoodley 1997 EV Kalayvany Moodley, South African friend of the discoverer JPL · 73885
73891 Pietromennea 1997 ED23 Pietro Mennea (1952–2013) was an Italian sprinter, who won a gold medal in the 200-m at the 1980 Moscow Olympics. In 1979, he set a 200-m world record of 19.72s, a record that stood for almost seventeen years. JPL · 73891


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
73936 Takeyamamoto 1997 SF4 Takeshi Yamamoto (1932–2005) was a Japanese amateur astronomer who studied astronomy under Issei Yamamoto. He devoted himself to educating the general public about astronomy in the city of Moriyama JPL · 73936
73955 Asaka 1997 UE21 Asaka is reclaimed land in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture. JPL · 73955
73984 Claudebernard 1998 DJ20 Claude Bernard (born 1931) worked in the French Railways (SNCF) as a train driver. He is an avid solar observer who has gathered visual observations of sunspots and tried to correlate them with terrestrial phenomena. He co-founded the astronomical association of the SNCF. JPL · 73984


  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.

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Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 73,001–74,000
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