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Meanings of minor planet names: 88001–89000

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]

88001–88100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88071 Taniguchijiro 2000 VO59 Taniguchi Jiro, a comics artist who was awarded the French ministry of Culture's Chevalier de l´Ordre des arts et des Lettres in 2011. JPL · 88071

88101–88200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88146 Castello 2000 WE183 The archaeological site Castello lies on a hill in the Swiss village of Tremona. This site contains human settlements from the fifth millennium B.C. to the thirteenth century A.D JPL · 88146

88201–88300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88260 Insubria 2001 HE23 Regio Insubria, the old Latin name of western Lombardia, northern Italy, home of the discovery site JPL · 88260
88292 Bora-Bora 2001 NL6 Bora Bora, French Polynesia JPL · 88292
88297 Huikilolani 2001 NP14 "Hui Kilolani", the Hawaiian Astronomical Society's Hawaiian name (meaning "club of sky watchers") JPL  · 88297

88301–88400Edit

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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

88401–88500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88470 Joaquinescrig 2001 QB111 Joaquín Escrig Ferrando, cousin and friend of the discoverer JPL · 88470

88501–88600Edit

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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

88601–88700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88611 Teharonhiawako 2001 QT297 Teharonhiawako, son of the granddaughter of the Great Spirit creation god, in the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) creation myth, and his twin brother Sawiskera ((88611) Teharonhiawako I Sawiskera) JPL · 88611

88701–88800Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88705 Potato 2001 SV The potato, on the occasion of the United Nations' International Year of the Potato (2008), and because many minor planets are believed to be shaped like potatoes JPL · 88705
88795 Morvan 2001 SW115 Morvan massif, the northern part of the Massif Central of France JPL · 88795

88801–88900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88874 Wongshingsheuk 2001 SV264 Wong Shing Sheuk (born 1951) began teaching in 1974. From 1988 to his retirement in 2011, he was the principal of Po Leung Kuk Leung Chow Shan Primary School P.M. He believed that astronomy could inspire a student's interest in science and he put tremendous effort into astronomy education. JPL · 88874
88875 Posky 2001 SB265 the Hong Kong Po Leung Kuk Education Department for their efforts over the past seven years in supporting student exploration of the sky. JPL · 88875
88878 Bowenyueli 2001 SQ266 The motto of the Chinese University of Hong Kong is bowenyueli, which means "Through learning and temperance to virtue". These words of Confucius have long been considered a principal precept of his teaching. The University lays equal emphasis on the intellectual and moral aspects of education JPL · 88878
88879 Sungjaoyiu 2001 SA268 Joseph Jao-yiu Sung (born 1959) is the vice-chancellor of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, associate dean of the Faculty of Medicine and head of Shaw College. During the 2003 atypical pneumonia, Sung played a leading role in combating the disease and was called "Asia Hero" by Time magazine JPL · 88879

88901–89000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
88906 Moutier 2001 TT1 Moutier, Jura Bernois, Switzerland JPL · 88906
88961 Valpertile 2001 TH47 Valerio Pertile, Italian astronomical technician JPL · 88961

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
87,001–88,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 88,001–89,000
Succeeded by
89,001–90,000