Meanings of minor planet names: 162001–163000
As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center, 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 span of numbers that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names. Besides the Minor Planet Circulars (in which the citations are published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.
Minor planets not yet given a name have not been included in this list.
|Name||Provisional Designation||Source of Name|
|162001 Vulpius||1990 TH9||Melchior Vulpius, 16th-17th-century German hymn composer and teacher †|
|162011 Konnohmaru||1994 AB1||Konnohmaru is a legendary warrior of the Heiji Rebellion (1159) †|
|162035 Jirotakahashi||1995 YW1||Jiro Takahashi, professor of science education at Ehime University †|
|162158 Merrillhess||1999 CZ9||Merrill Hess (b. 1955), an amateur astronomer and has been President and Vice-President of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society many times. †|
|162166 Mantsch||1999 FW82||Paul Mantsch, American particle and astro-particle physicist and one of the builders of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey †|
|162466 Margon||2000 JA90||Bruce Margon, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey †|
|162755 Spacesora||2000 WA68||"Space Sora", the non-profit organization who has contributed to the popularization of science, especially astronomy, among children in Ehime prefecture, Japan, since 2008 †|
|162937 Prêtre||2001 PQ9||Heart surgeon René Prêtre (born 1957), voted Swiss of the Year in 2009, treats children in both Switzerland and Mozambique †|
|Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 162,001–163,000