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Meanings of minor planet names: 97001–98000

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]

97001–97100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
97069 Stek 1999 VB23 Stefano Klett (born 1964), Swiss computer scientist, amateur astronomer, and promoter of the Ticino section of Dark Sky Switzerland JPL · 97069

97101–97200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
97186 Tore 1999 WP8 Salvatore Silanus (born 1961), nicknamed Tore, is a friend of the discoverer JPL · 97186

97201–97300Edit

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97268 Serafinozani 1999 XD127 The Osservatorio astronomico Serafino Zani (Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory), built by Serafino Zani and his family on San Bernardo hill in the commune of Lumezzane, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy, and then given to the local amateur astronomers JPL · 97268

97301–97400Edit

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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

97401–97500Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
97472 Hobby 2000 CB41 The Hobby Foundation supports museums and educational organizations throughout Texas. Ten thousand schoolchildren and members of the public a year view the wonders of the heavens through the Hobby telescope at the Houston Museum of Natural Science's George Observatory JPL · 97472

97501–97600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
97582 Hijikawa 2000 EP15 Hijikawa river, Ehime prefecture, Japan JPL · 97582

97601–97700Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
97631 Kentrobinson 2000 ED144 Ernest Kent Robinson (born 1939), Advisory Board member at Lowell Observatory. JPL · 97631
97637 Blennert 2000 EQ156 John Blennert (born 1951) is a meteorite hunter in Tucson, Arizona, one of three co-discoverers of the Gold Basin Meteorite Strewn Field JPL · 97637
97677 Rachelfreed 2000 FE57 Rachel Freed (born 1972) is a teacher, an education curriculum specialist, and an avid long distance runner. She works with the Astronomical Society of the Pacific as a volunteer and researcher. JPL · 97677

97701–97800Edit

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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

97801–97900Edit

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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

97901–98000Edit

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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

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.


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[[Meanings of minor planet names: -1001–{{{prefix}}}000|-1,001–{{{prefix}}}000]]
Meanings of minor planet names
[[List of minor planets: {{{prefix}}}001–1000|List of minor planets: {{{prefix}}}001–1,000]]
Succeeded by
1,001–2,000