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Meanings of minor planet names: 90001–91000

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
90022 Apache Point 2002 TL371 The Apache Point Observatory, owned and operated by the Astrophysical Research Consortium, is the site of the 2.5-m Sloan Digital Sky Survey telescope and the 3.5-m ARC telescope JPL · 90022


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90125 Chrissquire 2002 XR80 Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire (1948–2015), an English musician and co-founder of the rock music group Yes. JPL · 90125
90138 Diehl 2002 YD Jacqueline (Jackie) Diehl, American first chair of the White Sands Star Party, member of the Alamogordo Astronomy Club, manager of Space Camp at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and education and public outreach coordinator at the National Solar Observatory JPL · 90138
90140 Gómezdonet 2002 YK2 Josep Juliá Gómez Donet, Spanish friend of the discoverer and a pioneer of CCD astrometry of asteroids and comets MPC · 90140


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90226 Byronsmith 2003 BS15 Byron Smith (born 1973), a mechanical engineer by training, is project manager for Lowell Observatory's Discovery Channel Telescope. JPL · 90226
90279 Devětsil 2003 DL10 Devětsil, Czech avant-garde group of artists active from 1920 to 1930 JPL · 90279
90288 Dalleave 2003 ET17 Sergio Dalle Ave, Italian technician and night assistant at the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago (Asiago Astrophysical Observatory) JPL · 90288


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
90308 Johney 2003 FV14 John Ey (born 1952) is a photographer in Tucson who specializes in natural scenic images of the American west. He is also an amateur paleontologist primarily interested in carnivore dentition JPL · 90308
90317 Williamcutlip 2003 FZ42 William Cutlip (born 1960), the Launch Segment Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 90317
90328 Haryou 2003 FQ85 HARYOU (Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited) JPL · 90328
90370 Jókaimór 2003 NY5 Hungarian dramatist and novelist Mór Jókai (1825–1904) was an imaginative, humorous and romantic writer. His work allows one to form a good idea of the character of this great Hungarian romancer and patriot. He was also a stargazer and owned an 8-cm refractor JPL · 90370
90376 Kossuth 2003 VL Lajos Kossuth (1802–1894) was a Hungarian lawyer, journalist, politician and governor-president of Hungary during the Hungarian Revolution of 1848-–1849. He was widely honored during his lifetime, including in the U.K. and U.S., as a freedom fighter and advocate for democracy in Europe JPL · 90376
90377 Sedna 2003 VB12 Sedna, Inuit goddess of the sea JPL · 90377
90383 Johnloiacono 2003 WN89 John Loiacono (born 1962), the Deputy Project Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission. JPL · 90383
90388 Philchristensen 2003 WY152 Philip Christensen (born 1953), the Instrument Scientist for the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer. JPL MPC · 90388
90396 Franklopez 2003 YA4 Frank Lopez (born 1955) is the owner of StellarVision Astronomy Shop in Tucson, Arizona. As such he has built many of the local amateur observatories, spoken to thousands of children at local schools and helped many budding astronomers JPL · 90396
90397 Rasch 2003 YW4 Charlie Rasch (1937–2011), a well-known Jazz/Ragtime pianist in the Detroit area of Michigan. JPL · 90397


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
90414 Karpov 2003 YP110 Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess grandmaster and World Champion for 16 years JPL · 90414
90429 Wetmore 2004 BW37 Shirley R. Wetmore ( b. 1947) was the senior curator at the University of Arizona Mineral Museum. In 2001 she received the university's Staff Excellence award. She has been a dedicated member and officer of the Tucson Gem and Mineral Society, which hosts the annual international Tucson Gem and Mineral Show JPL · 90429
90446 Truesdell 2004 BL107 Robert Truesdell (born 1967) is a Tucson businessman and gifted amateur paleontologist specializing in the fossils of the American southwest JPL · 90446
90447 Emans 2004 BB109 Mike Emans (born 1944) is a Seattle-area retired computer operations manager formerly with the Department of Information Services for the state of Washington. He is also a semi-professional guitarist with a group called "Common Threads" that played in the Washington area JPL · 90447
90449 Brucestephenson 2004 BR116 C. Bruce Stephenson (born 1929) was appointed the Warner professor of astronomy at Case Western Reserve University and the Warner and Swasey Observatory in 1988. In 1977 he was codiscoverer of the unusual star SS 433 JPL · 90449
90450 Cyriltyson 2004 BR117 Cyril deGrasse Tyson, American director of HARYOU (see 90328 Haryou, above) JPL · 90450
90455 Irenehernandez 2004 CU2 Irene González Hernández (1969–2014), a Spanish-American astronomer. JPL · 90455
90461 Matthewgraham 2004 CS35 Matthew Graham (born 1971), a computational scientist working on analysis of massive data sets and sky surveys, including the Palomar-Quest and Catalina Real- Time Transient survey. JPL · 90461
90463 Johnrichard 2004 CS39 John B. and Richard R. Dixon, American amateur astronomers, in recognition of their help in transporting observatory domes from Michigan to New Mexico and then in the construction of the Jornada Observatory JPL · 90463
90471 Andrewdrake 2004 CF98 Andrew Drake (born 1969), a scientist at the Center for Advanced Computing Research. JPL · 90471
90472 Mahabal 2004 CT99 Ashish Mahabal (born 1970), a scientist at the California Institute of Technology. JPL · 90472
90479 Donalek 2004 CC109 Ciro Donalek (born 1973) is a computational scientist who has applied machine learning to the analysis of massive data sets and sky surveys, including the Palomar- Quest and Catalina Real-Time Transient surveys. JPL · 90479
90480 Ulrich 2004 CG109 Carl Ulrich (born 1925), a fossil preparator. JPL · 90480
90481 Wollstonecraft 2004 DA Mary Wollstonecraft, British writer, philosopher, and early feminist JPL · 90481
90482 Orcus 2004 DW Orcus, Roman god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths JPL · 90482
90487 Witherspoon 2004 DW12 Tom Witherspoon Sr. (1921–2014) was a well known fossil educator in the Midwest U.S. Thousands of people, not just children, were introduced to the world of paleontology through his efforts and generosity. In 2007 he received the Charles H. Sternberg award for outstanding lifetime achievement in the field of paleontology JPL · 90487


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
90502 Buratti 2004 EM7 Bonnie J. Buratti, American senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) JPL · 90502
90503 Japhethboyce 2004 EP10 Japheth Boyce (born 1956), a paleontologist in South Dakota, is best known for his exquisite fossil preparation seen in museums around the world. JPL · 90503
90525 Karijanberg 2004 FB2 Karen, wife of the discoverer, and her parents, Richard and Janet Halberg JPL · 90525
90526 Paullorenz 2004 FQ11 Paul Gregory Lorenz (born 1952), a professional pianist and has been an avid amateur astronomer, deep sky observer and astrophotographer since the 1960s. JPL · 90526
90528 Raywhite 2004 FE19 Raymond E. White Jr., American astronomer, archaeoastronomer, and teacher JPL · 90528
90533 Laurentblind 2004 FB29 Laurent Blind, French computer programmer, paraglider, equestrian, and the discoverer's boyfriend JPL · 90533
90564 Markjarnyk 2004 GJ2 Mark Andrew Jarnyk, Australian software engineer at the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics JPL · 90564
90579 Gordonnelson 2004 GF39 Gordon Nelson (born 1956), a well-known amateur paleontologist in southern Arizona. JPL · 90579


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90672 Metrorheinneckar 1977 RH Metrorheinneckar, the metropolitan area along the Rhine and Neckar rivers with 2.4 million people includes the cities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, and 21 universities and research institutions. JPL MPC · 90672
90698 Kościuszko 1984 EA Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko (1746–1817), a Polish military engineer who assisted in the American revolution with the design and building of military fortifications, including at West Point, New York. JPL · 90698


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90703 Indulgentia 1988 RO3 Indulgentia, Latin for "indulgence, goodness, kindness, love, tenderness, fondness", and also "the gratification of another's desires, inclinations or humors" JPL · 90703
90709 Wettin 1990 TX3 Wettin Castle, a castle near Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, ancestral seat of the Wettiner dynasty JPL · 90709
90711 Stotternheim 1990 TB10 Stotternheim is a village near Erfurt, where the young Martin Luther began his study. JPL · 90711
90712 Wittelsbach 1990 TE13 Burg Wittelsbach, a castle ruin near Aichach in Bavaria, Germany, ancestral seat of the Wittelsbacher dynasty JPL · 90712
90713 Chajnantor 1990 VE3 Chajnantor (5000 m), a plateau in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, where the Atacama Large Millimeter Array will be constructed JPL · 90713
90732 Opdebeeck 1992 PO Pierre Opdebeeck (born 1928), a philanthropist, was a financial adviser to Belgian industry for many years. After his retirement he started his study of 18th century French Enlightenment. JPL · 90732


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90806 Rudaki 1995 AE Rudaki (858-941) was a Persian poet, considered the founder of classical Persian literature. JPL · 90806
90817 Doylehall 1995 RO Doyle Hall, American astronomer and member of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) team JPL · 90817
90818 Daverichards 1995 RR Dave Richards, AMOS commander during the last years of the twentieth century JPL · 90818
90820 McCann 1995 SS1 Jeff McCann, American AMOS commander JPL · 90820
90825 Lizhensheng 1995 SU53 Li Zhensheng (born 1931) initiated wide-hybridization between common wheat and Thinopyrum ponticum and was also the originator of wheat-chromosome engineering in China. Several cultivars bred from the offspring of his distant hybridization have significantly improved wheat productivity in China JPL · 90825
90826 Xuzhihong 1995 TL1 Chinese botanist Xu Zhihong (born 1942) steadfastly and effectively supported the development of Chinese astronomy during the periods when he was president of Beijing University and vice president of the Chinese Academy of Sciences JPL · 90826
90830 Beihang 1995 UX7 Founded in 1952, Beihang University is one of the key institutes in the national agendas "211 Project" and "985 Scheme". It has made great contributions to China's aeronautic and astronautic industry, as well as social and economic development. JPL · 90830
90892 Betlémská kaple 1997 BC Betlémská kaple is a medieval religious building in Prague. JPL · 90892


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90918 Jasinski 1997 PF1 Christian Jasinski (born 1963) was the first webmaster of the Association des Utilisateurs de Détecteurs Electroniques. He helped in both English translation and computer science, specifically for the AudeLA software JPL · 90918
90926 Stáhalík 1997 SH1 Martin Stáhalík (1962–2001), Czech aerobatic pilot. JPL · 90926
90936 Neronet 1997 TN19 Neronet is a new red grape variety developed by Vilém Kraus (b.~1924) in Lednice in southern Moravia, Czech Republic JPL · 90936
90937 Josefdufek 1997 TP19 Josef Dufek (born 1950) is a Moravian winemaker JPL · 90937
90944 Pujol 1997 UG3 Michel Pujol (born 1957) created an ethernet microcontroller designed for CCD cameras used by members of the Association des Utilisateurs de Détecteurs Electroniques. He is also a computer scientist who contributes to the AudeLA software JPL · 90944
90953 Hideosaitou 1997 VA9 Hideo Saitou (born 1946) is the leader of activities of the Fukushima branch of the Japanese Young Astronauts Club, formed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency. JPL · 90953


  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: 90,001–91,000
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