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Meanings of minor planet names: 84001–85000

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]

84001–84100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84011 Jean-Claude 2002 OB25 Jean-Claude Pelle (born 1942), a French amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 84011
84012 Deluise 2002 PR Fiore De Luise (born), an Italian astronomer at the University of Rome who has collaborated with the CINEOS program JPL · 84012
84015 Efthymiopoulos 2002 PV34 Christos Efthymiopoulos (born 1971) is Research Director at the Research Center for Astronomy of the Academy of Athens, and teaches Dynamical Astronomy at the Physics Department of the University of Athens. JPL · 84015
84075 Peterpatricia 2002 PL165 Peter M (born 1933). and Patricia Lowe (born 1935), parents of the Canadian amateur astronomer and discoverer Andrew Lowe JPL · 84075
84095 Davidjohn 2002 QV48 David John Matson (born 1937), father of the discoverer Robert Matson JPL · 84095
84096 Reginaldglenice 2002 QD58 Reginald J. (born 1932) and Glenice E. Harding (born 1931), parents-in-law of the discoverer Andrew Lowe JPL · 84096
84100 Farnocchia 2002 RP8 Davide Farnocchia (born 1984), a mathematician and celestial mechanic at the University of Pisa JPL · 84100

84101–84200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84118 Bracalicioci 2002 RE26 Davide Bracali Cioci (born 1986) is a celestial mechanician who graduated from the University of Pisa. JPL · 84118
84200 Robertmoore 2002 RM122 Robert Moore (born 1923), American space engineer, who worked for the Mercury program, Titan missiles, Fleetsatcom and the Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System JPL · 84200

84201–84300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84224 Kyte 2002 RB233 Frank Kyte (born 1949), American geochemist and meteoriticist who studies the component of distal impact deposits of meteorites JPL · 84224
84225 Verish 2002 RO236 Robert S. Verish (born 1947), an American meteor observer and meteorite hunter. He has found over 100 meteorites in California, Nevada and Arizona, including the "Los Angeles" Shergottite – the fourteenth recognized meteorite from Mars (also see Novato meteorite). MPC · 84225

84301–84400Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84339 Francescaballi 2002 TR57 Francesca Balli (born 1969) fiancée of the discoverer Fabrizio Bernardi. She has been a lawyer since 1999 and is presently a civil and commercial mediator. JPL · 84339
84340 Jos 2002 TO58 Jos Dianovich Claerbout (1974–1999), beloved son of Jon and Diane Claerbout, was an American writer, web engineer, film producer, and creator of magnificent hats. Src JPL · 84340

84401–84500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84417 Ritabo 2002 TE202 Rita Boles, wife of Scottish amateur astronomer and discoverer of this minor planet, Tom Boles JPL · 84417
84447 Jeffkanipe 2002 TU240 Jeff Kanipe (born 1953), an American astronomical author and editor, who became interested in a spike extending out of the image of Arp 192 = NGC 3303 while working on a publication for the fortieth anniversary of Arp's Atlas of Peculiar Galaxies. This led to its recognition in 2009 as a prediscovery trail of this minor planet on 19 February 1964. JPL · 84447

84501–84600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84566 VIMS 2002 VS9 The Visible and Infrared Mapping Spectrometer (VIMS) on board the Cassini–Huygens spacecraft studied the Saturnian system for 13 years (2004–2017). It provided data to determine the composition, temperatures and structures of surfaces, rings and atmospheres. JPL · 84566

84601–84700Edit

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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

84701–84800Edit

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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

84801–84900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84882 Table Mountain 2003 CN16 The site of the Table Mountain Observatory in California was developed by the Smithsonian Institution in 1924 to conduct studies of the solar constant. In 1958 the Jet Propulsion Laboratory began solar panel tests at this site, now a NASA facility where atmospheric study groups and optical astronomy conduct daily science year round. JPL · 84882
84884 Dorismcmillan 2003 FS20 Doris McMillan (1909–1999) of San Benito, Texas, was a science educator with Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, in the 1960s and influential to many amateur and professional astronomers, space scientists and educators. JPL · 84884

84901–85000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
84902 Porrentruy 2003 UU11 The village of Porrentruy in Switzerland JPL · 84902
84919 Karinthy 2003 VH Frigyes Karinthy (1887–1938) was a Hungarian author, playwright, poet, journalist and translator. His sense of humor and criticism already appeared in his early diaries. He started his writing career as a journalist and remained a writer of short, humorous blurbs until his death. He is one of the most popular Hungarian writers JPL · 84919
84921 Morkoláb 2003 VN1 The Morkoláb (or Markolaáb), Hungarian mythical animal that eats the Sun or Moon during an eclipse; this object was discovered during a total lunar eclipse JPL · 84921
84926 Marywalker 2003 WR3 Mary Walker (born 1960), the Instrument Systems Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Mission. JPL · 84926
84928 Oliversacks 2003 WE13 Oliver Sacks (1933–2015), a British neurologist and author. His descriptions of people confronting neurological challenges such as Parkinson's disease and Alzheimer's, together with his books about the brain, botany, chemistry and music, have inspired generations of doctors, patients and readers around the world. JPL · 84928
84943 Timothylinn 2003 WC148 Timothy Linn (born 1970), the Systems Engineering Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 84943
84945 Solosky 2003 WP153 Phil (born 1945) and Sueko (born 1950) Solosky were active members of the Sunset Astronomical Society in Michigan in the 1970s. JPL · 84945
84951 Kenwilson 2003 XX4 Kenneth Dale Wilson (born 1954) is the former planetarium director with the Virginia Museum of Natural Sciences and a co-author of several books on amateur astronomy JPL · 84951
84991 Bettyphilpotts 2003 YM94 Betty Philpotts Wilson (born 1958), a board member of the Richmond Astronomical Society and was their first female President. JPL · 84991
84994 Amysimon 2003 YW106 Amy Simon (born 1971), the Deputy Instrument Scientist for the OVIRS instrument on OSIRIS-REx. JPL · 84994
84995 Zselic 2003 YB108 Zselic, one of Hungary's most beautiful wooded regions. A Starry Sky Park is being set up in the area. JPL · 84995
84996 Hortobágy 2003 YW110 Hortobágy National Park, an 800-square-km national park in eastern Hungary. JPL · 84996

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
83,001–84,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 84,001–85,000
Succeeded by
85,001–86,000