Meanings of minor planet names: 87001–88000

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]

87001–87100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
87088 Joannewheeler 2000 LY Joanne Wheeler (born 1971) is a Member of the Order of the British Empire for her services to space. She is a leader in the space law discipline, and a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society and Royal Aeronautical Society. She has drafted U.K. space law, supported the growth of space companies and briefed on asteroid exploration. JPL · 87088
87097 Lomaki 2000 LJ10 The Lomaki pueblo, one of smaller pueblos surrounding the main Wupatki pueblo (Wupatki National Monument) in northern Arizona. Its ruins preserve clues to geologic history, ecological change and ancient human agricultural settlement. Lomaki pueblo was built on the edge of a canyon in the 1190s (List of Ancestral Puebloan dwellings in Arizona). JPL · 87097

87101–87200Edit

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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

87201–87300Edit

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87271 Kokubunji 2000 PY3 Kokubunji, a city in Tokyo Metropolis, Japan. JPL · 87271

87301–87400Edit

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87312 Akirasuzuki 2000 QK1 Akira Suzuki (born 1930) has developed a new research topic that is globally recognized as the Suzuki coupling reaction. It is for this achievement that he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 2010. JPL · 87312

87401–87500Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

87501–87600Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

87601–87700Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

87701–87800Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

87801–87900Edit

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

87901–88000Edit

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87954 Tomkaye 2000 TK Tom Kaye (born 1957) is an American businessman and amateur astronomer. In March 2000, he collaborated with others to detect a previously discovered extrasolar planet Tau Boötis b around the star Tau Boötis using the doppler shift method with a 0.4-m telescope and home-built spectrograph. The name was suggested by Mark Trueblood. JPL · 87954

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
86,001–87,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 87,001–88,000
Succeeded by
88,001–89,000