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Meanings of minor planet names: 99001–100000

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]

99001–99100Edit

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
99070 Strittmatter 2001 FA10 Peter Strittmatter (born 1939), American astronomer, involved with the Large Binocular Telescope and Giant Magellan Telescope projects JPL · 99070

99101–99200Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
99193 Obsfabra 2001 GN4 The Fabra Observatory in Barcelona, Spain JPL · 99193

99201–99300Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
99201 Sattler 2001 HY16 Birgit I. Sattler (born 1969), Austrian limnologist, zoologist, and Antarctic explorer JPL · 99201
99262 Bleustein 2001 OQ12 Marcel Bleustein-Blanchet (1906–1996), French publicist, founder of the Foundation of the Vocation in 1960; the discoverer was a laureate of this foundation JPL · 99262

99301–99400Edit

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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

99401–99500Edit

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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

99501–99600Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
99503 Leewonchul 2002 DB1 Won Chul Lee (David W. Lee; 1896–1963), Korean astronomer, the first Korean to earn a Ph.D. degree, and the first director of the National Observatory in Seoul JPL · 99503

99601–99700Edit

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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

99701–99800Edit

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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

99801–99900Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
99824 Polnareff 2002 MN3 Michel Polnareff (born 1944) is a French singer and a songwriter who has been very popular since his 1966 recording of the song "La poupée qui fait non" JPL · 99824
99861 Tscharnuter 2002 OV24 Werner M. Tscharnuter (born 1945), German astrophysicist JPL · 99861
99862 Kenlevin 2002 OD25 Ken Levin (born 1953) is a physicist who works in the field of infrared optics and sensors for application in medicine, aerospace and astronomy. Levin is an avid amateur astronomer and operates two private observatories JPL · 99862
99863 Winnewisser 2002 OV25 Gisbert Winnewisser (1936–2011) was an astrophysicist who established the KOSMA sub-mm telescope on Gornergrat and set up successful partnerships between the University of Cologne and research institutes worldwide. He was a member of three IAU Commissions and was honored with many prizes. JPL · 99863
99891 Donwells 2002 PG165 Don J. Wells (born 1965), American production manager of a Houston-area television station and a discoverer of minor planets (working from George Observatory and the Remote Astronomical Society Observatory of New Mexico JPL · 99891

99901–100000Edit

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
99905 Jeffgrossman 2002 QX50 Jeffrey N. Grossman (born 1955), American meteoriticist JPL · 99905
99906 Uofalberta 2002 QV53 The University of Alberta; the initials of its motto Quaecumque Vera ("Whatsoever things are true") appear in the provisional designation MPC · 99906
99928 Brainard 2000 EQ147 Bradley J. Brainard (born 1955) , American surgeon JPL · 99928
99941 Lonniewege 2003 WF107 Lonnie Wege (born 1958) is a telescope sales manager and a Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope technology specialist. He is also an astronomy outreach volunteer with the Three Rivers Foundation, the Texas Astronomical Society and Celestron. JPL · 99941
99942 Apophis 2004 MN4 Greek name for Apep, Ancient Egyptian god JPL · 99942
99949 Miepgies 1972 FD Miep Gies (née Hermine Santrouschitz; born 1909) is one of the Dutch citizens who hid Anne Frank and her family from the Nazis during World War II. She discovered and preserved Anne's diary after her arrest and deportation. The name was suggested by C. Koppeschaar JPL · 99949
99950 Euchenor 1973 SC1 Euchenor, Greek hero from Corinth, killed in the Trojan War by Paris JPL · 99950
100000 Astronautica 1982 SH1 On the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Space Age (beginning with the launch of Sputnik 1), and because space arbitrarily begins at an altitude of 100 000 m (100 km) above Earth's surface JPL · 100000

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
98,001–99,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 99,001–100,000
Succeeded by
100,001–110,000