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Meanings of minor planet names: 78001–79000

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]

78001–78100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78071 Vicent 2002 LT6 Francesc Vicent, Spanish author of Libre dels jochs partits dels schacs en nombre de 100 which established the modern rules of Chess in Spain [permanent dead link] MPC · 78071

78101–78200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78115 Skiantonucci 2002 MT4 Robert "Ski" Antonucci (born 1954), an astrophysicist at the University of California Santa Barbara, working on extragalactic astrophysics. JPL · 78115
78118 Bharat 2002 NT Bhārat Gaṇarājya is the native name of the Republic of India, derived from the wise and pious King Bharata of ancient Hindu mythology. India is the discoverer's motherland. JPL · 78118
78123 Dimare 2002 NQ5 Linda Dimare (born 1981), a researcher in celestial mechanics, mainly involved in the development of new algorithms and software for solar system dynamics. JPL · 78123
78124 Cicalò 2002 NH6 Stefano Cicalò (born 1982) is a researcher in celestial mechanics, mainly involved in the development of new advanced algorithms and software for the complex dynamics of the radio science experiment of the ESA Bepi Colombo Mission to Mercury and the NASA JUNO mission to Jupiter. JPL · 78124
78125 Salimbeni 2002 NU6 Sara Salimbeni (born 1977), an Italian astronomer who has obtained her degree in physics at "La Sapienza" University of Rome in 2003, with a thesis on the cosmological evolution of the deep field galaxy luminosity function. As a Ph.D. student at the University of Rome at Tor Vergata, she is continuing her studies of galaxies and structures evolution. JPL · 78125

78201–78300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78221 Leonmow 2002 OP7 Leon Mow (1919–2002) was an Australian philanthropist with a great interest in astronomy. In 1990 he donated the Leon Mow Dark Sky Site (an observation site) to the Astronomical Society of Victoria (ASV), so that others could share in his passion. The ASV holds a number of public star parties there each year. JPL · 78221
78249 Capaccioni 2002 PK6 Fabrizio Capaccioni (born 1957), an Italian astronomer who has studied the electromagnetic effects associated with impact craterization. He currently works on planetary research, with an emphasis on the study of the surface composition of solar-system bodies by means of reflectance spectroscopy techniques. JPL · 78249
78252 Priscio 2002 PF11 Priscilla Cerroni (born 1955), an Italian astronomer who works on experiments involving hypervelocity impacts and implications for the study of catastrophic collisions involving minor planets. She is currently a researcher at the Italian INAF-IASF and a team member of VIMS, the imaging spectrometer on board the Cassini mission. JPL · 78252

78301–78400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78309 Alessielisa 2002 PV65 Elisa Maria Alessi (born 1981) has worked for several years in the fields of space debris dynamics, orbit determination for interplanetary missions, and trajectory design in planet-satellite systems. JPL · 78309
78310 Spoto 2002 PW65 Federica Spoto (born 1985) has worked in the field of Solar System dynamics. In particular, she is involved in the Impact Monitoring computation and research at NEODyS and AstDyS. JPL · 78310
78383 Philmassey 2002 PM137 Philip Massey (born 1952), an astronomer at Lowell Observatory. JPL · 78383
78391 Michaeljäger 2002 PT163 Michael Jäger, Austrian amateur astronomer MPC · 78391
78392 Dellinger 2002 PM165 Joseph A. (Joe) Dellinger, American geophysicist and amateur astronomer (Fort Bend Astronomy Club) MPC · 78392
78393 Dillon 2002 PW165 William G. (Bill) Dillon, American geophysicist and amateur astronomer (Fort Bend Astronomy Club) MPC · 78393
78394 Garossino 2002 PB166 Paul G. A. Garossino, Canadian geophysicist and amateur astronomer MPC · 78394

78401–78500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78429 Baschek 2002 QN48 Bodo Baschek, German astrophysicist MPC · 78429
78430 Andrewpearce 2002 QX48 Andrew Pearce, Australian amateur astronomer, significant contributor to the International Comet Quarterly JPL · 78430
78431 Kemble 2002 QJ50 Lucian J. Kemble (1922–1999), Canadian Franciscan Father and amateur astronomer, discoverer of Kemble's Cascade MPC · 78431
78432 Helensailer 2002 QR50 Helen R. Sailer, member of the international women's flying organization, The Ninety-Nines, and great-aunt of the discoverer JPL · 78432
78433 Gertrudolf 2002 QF56 Gertrud and Rudolf Hönig, grandparents of the discoverer JPL · 78433
78434 Dyer 2002 QL58 Alan Dyer, Canadian astronomy writer and astrophotographer MPC · 78434
78453 Bullock 2002 RD26 Sandra Annette Bullock (born 1964), an American actress and producer. JPL · 78453

78501–78600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78534 Renmir 2002 RB109 Renato Bernardi (born 1946) and Mirella Ceccato (born 1946), the parents of co-discoverer Fabrizio Bernardi JPL · 78534
78535 Carloconti 2002 RC109 Carlo Conti (born 1961), a popular Italian showman. JPL · 78535
78536 Shrbený 2002 RV111 Lukáš Shrbený (born 1981), an astronomer at the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. JPL · 78536
78577 JPL 2002 RG232 Jet Propulsion Laboratory JPL · 78577
78578 Donpettit 2002 RM233 Don Pettit, American International Space Station Expedition 6 astronaut MPC · 78578

78601–78700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78652 Quero 2002 TG62 Quero, Belluno (Veneto), Italy JPL · 78652
78661 Castelfranco 2002 TW85 Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso (Veneto), Italy JPL · 78661

78701–78800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78756 Sloan 2002 TX349 The Sloan Digital Sky Survey, a astronomical survey that uses adedicated 2.5-meter telescope to image more than a quarter of the celestial sphere. It has catalogued over 300 million objects and obtained spectra of over a million galaxies, quasars and stars JPL · 78756

78801–78900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78816 Caripito 2003 PZ9 Caripito, Bolivar district, Monagas, Venezuela, where the parents of the discoverer met MPC · 78816

78901–79000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
78905 Seanokeefe 2003 SK85 Sean O'Keefe, American NASA administrator 2001–2004 JPL · 78905

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
77,001–78,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 78,001–79,000
Succeeded by
79,001–80,000