Meanings of minor planet names: 170,001–180,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
170,001–171,000 [edit]
170006 Stoughton 2002 TV309 Chris Stoughton, American astronomer and a builder of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170007 Strateva 2002 TV323 Iskra Strateva, Bulgarian-born, former American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170008 Michaelstrauss 2002 TZ338 Michael Strauss, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170009 Subbarao 2002 TY340 Mark Subbarao, an American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
170010 Szalay 2002 TJ341 Alex Szalay, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170011 Szkody 2002 TE352 Paula Szkody, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170012 Anithakar 2002 TF359 Ani Thakar, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170022 Douglastucker 2002 UO66 Douglas Tucker, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170023 Vogeley 2002 UR68 Michael S. Vogeley, American astronomer, a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170162 Nicolashayek 2003 FJ2 Nicolas Hayek, a member of the Société jurassienne d´astronomie
170306 Augustzátka 2003 SZ32 August Zátka, 19th-20th-century Czech personality of České Budějovice
170395 Nicolevogt 2003 SP319 Nicole Vogt, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
170879 Verbeeckje 2004 LV5 Elena Verbeeck is the daughter of Francis Verbeeck, friend of the discoverer
170900 Jendrassik 2004 VY69 The world’s first turboprop was designed by the Hungarian mechanical engineer, György Jendrassik.
170906 Coluche 2004 XC41 Michel Colucci, better known as Coluche, French comedian and actor
171,001–172,000 [edit]
171112 Sickafoose 2005 ER301 J. Lorin and Tanalynne Sickafoose, parents of the discoverer
171118 Szigetköz 2005 GJ1 Szigetköz, a beautiful island plain in western Hungary, part of the Little Hungarian Plain.
171153 Allanrahill 2005 GL81 Allan Rahill, meteorologist at the Canadian Meteorological Centre
171171 Prior 2005 GZ164 Richard M. Prior (b. 1942), a Professor of Physics who earned a PhD. in Nuclear Physics at the University of Florida.
171183 Haleakala 2005 HJ4 Haleakala (Hawaiian for the house of the sun), high dormant volcano on the island of Maui
171256 Lucieconstant 2005 PU5 Lucie Constant, the discoverer's goddaughter
171396 Miguel 2006 QH33 Miguel Lacruz Martín, Spain mathematical observer
171429 Hunstead 2007 RD5 Richard (Dick) W. Hunstead, Australian astronomer
171433 Prothous 2007 RK35 Prothous, leader of Magnesia, son of Tenthredon, was one of the suitors of Helen
171448 Guchaohao 2007 RD147 Gu Chaohao is a mathematician who has made contributions to both pure and applied mathematics and was elected a member of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1980
171458 Pepaprats 2007 TF14 Pepa Prats Cruz, deceased wife of the astrophysicist José Luis Ortiz, codiscoverer of this minor planet
171465 Evamaria 6847 P-L Eva Maria Schubart, teacher of languages in the southern U.S
171588 Náprstek 1999 WG1 Vojta Náprstek, Czech philanthropist and advocate of progressive ideas
172,001–173,000 [edit]
172269 Tator 2002 TJ69 Michael Tator, German amateur astronomer and co-founder of Turtle Star Observatory in Muelheim-Ruhr
172315 Changqiaoxiaoxue 2002 TL300 Suzhou ChangQiao Primary School
172317 Walterbos 2002 TZ315 Rene Walterbos, Dutch/American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
172318 Wangshui 2002 TY342 Shu-i Wang, American optical engineer and a Sloan Digital Sky Survey builder
172425 Taliajacobi 2003 OJ18 Talia Jacobi, Israeli medical student, nature guide and fan of astronomy, wife of the discoverer
172525 Adamblock 2003 TY1 Adam Block, American astronomy popularizer, and astronomical director of the Mount Lemmon Science Center
172734 Giansimon 2004 CN1 Gianluca and Simona Fagioli, sons of the second discoverer
172850 Coppens 2005 EU27 Yves Coppens, French paleoanthropologist, codiscoverer of the Australopithecus afarensis Lucy
172947 Baeyens 2005 JQ138 Dennis A. Baeyens, molecular biologist
172989 Xuliyang 2006 KW67 Xu Liyang is a good friend of the first discoverer
172996 Stooke 2006 KL141 Philip John Stooke, Canadian geographer, author of the International Atlas of Lunar Exploration
173,001–174,000 [edit]
173002 Dorfi 2006 OS Ernst Dorfi, Austrian professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Vienna, promoter of astronomy
173086 Nireus 2007 RS8 Nireus, son of Aglaea and Charopus, mythological Greek king of Syme island, killed by Eurypylos during the Trojan war
173108 Ingola 6240 P-L Ingeborg Walpurga Gasperi (1915–2002) grew up in Germany and Switzerland. In 1942 she married Mario Gasperi, an Italian engineer and expert in the construction of airplanes. The name was suggested by her second cousin, J. Schubart.
173117 Promachus 1973 SA1 Promachus, Greek warrior of the Iliad, killed by the Trojan hero Acamas
173395 Dweinberg 2000 CJ149 David Weinberg, American astronomer known for theoretical interpretation of observed galaxy clustering
173872 Andrewwest 2001 TJ245 Andrew A. West, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
173936 Yuribo 2001 WM2 Yuribo, official mascot character of the town of Kuma Kogen, Japan
174,001–175,000 [edit]
174361 Rickwhite 2002 TV315 Richard L. White, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
174362 Bethwillman 2002 TE324 Beth Willman, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
174363 Donyork 2002 TW343 Don York, American astronomer, one of the founders of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
174364 Zakamska 2002 TH369 Nadia Zakamska, Russian-American astrophysicist and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
174365 Zibetti 2002 TF371 Stefano Zibetti, Italian astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
174466 Zucker 2002 YO36 Daniel Zucker, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
174515 Pamelaivezic 2003 BN92 Pamela Ivezic (b. 1961), an American singer, musicologist, music educator, a patron of astronomy.
174567 Varda 2003 MW12 In J.R.R. Tolkien’s mythology, Varda is the queen of the stars, the star-kindler. She is the deity who, prior to the birth of the first humans, created the stars and constellations.
174801 Etscorn 2003 WZ165 Frank T. Etscorn, American professor of psychology at New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology, inventor of the nicotine patch and amateur astronomer, founder of the university's Frank T. Etscorn Campus Observatory
175,001–176,000 [edit]
175017 Záboří 2004 FW18 The village of Záborí, first mentioned in 1263, is known for its traditional South Bohemian Rustic Baroque architecture style
175046 Corporon 2004 FD92 Serge Corporon, French electronics engineer, who works with the discoverer in constructing a very sensitive CCD camera for the Observatoire de Meudon
175109 Sharickaer 2004 MN7 Sharvel Gretzner, American veterinarian assistant, and Rick Kaer, American construction worker, friends of the discoverer
175208 Vorbourg 2005 GA14 Vorbourg, Switzerland, site of two twelfth century castles
175259 Offenberger 2005 JH91 Allan Offenberger, Canadian physicist and professor emeritus at the University of Alberta, the discoverer's thesis advisor
175281 Kolonics 2005 KG9 György Kolonics, Hungarian canoeist
175365 Carsac 2005 QO143 Francis Carsac, 20th-century French science-fiction author, pen name of François Bordes, geologist and archaeologist
175410 Tsayweanshun 2006 PB8 Tsay Wean-Shun, pioneer in optical astronomy in Taiwan
175476 Macheret 2006 RA1 Augustin Macheret, Swiss professor of law and rector of the University of Fribourg, chairman of the Foundation Robert A. Naef, owner of the discovery site
175548 Sūdžius 2006 SG285 Jokubas Sudzius, associate professor at the Astronomical Observatory of Vilnius University
175562 Ajsingh 2006 SF382 Amanjot Singh (b. 1988) was an undergraduate student in the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program program at the University of Washington, where he conducted research into discovering asteroids using data from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
175563 Amyrose 2006 SR389 Amy Rose (b. 1987) is an American astronomer who helped discover asteroids as a part of her undergraduate research with the Pre-Major in Astronomy Program at the University of Washington.
175566 Papplaci 2006 TM7 László “Laci” Papp (1926–2003), a Hungarian boxer and three-time Olympic gold medalist.
175586 Tsou 2006 TU106 Tsou tribe, native tribe in Taiwan
175588 Kathrynsmith 2006 TK117 Kathryn G. Smith (b. 1988), an American astronomer and geologist.
175613 Shikoku-karst 2006 VB95 Shikoku Karst, a karst plateau located at the border of Ehime and Kochi prefectures, Japan
175629 Lambertini 2007 SX1 Giovanni Lambertini, 20th-century Italian friar and science enthusiast, one of the founders of the group of amateur astronomers in Ravenna, Italy, and mentor of two of the discoverers
175633 Yaoan 2007 TF184 Yaoan, county in the north of Yunnan Province, China
175636 Zvyagel 2007 UP4 Zvyagel, ancient name of Novohrad-Volynskyi, Ukraine, birthplace of Larysa Petrivna Kosach, a.k.a. Lesya Ukrainka, 19th-20th-century poet and writer, on the occasion of the 750th anniversary of Zvyagel in 2007
175718 Wuzhengyi 1997 CG19 Wu Zhengyi, botanist-academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
175726 Borda 1997 QJ1 Jean-Charles, chevalier de Borda (1733–1799), was a French scientist and sailor
176,001–177,000 [edit]
176103 Waynejohnson 2001 BE61 Wayne Johnson, a.k.a. "Mr. Galaxy", American amateur astronomer, president of the Huachuca Astronomy Club and chair of the western region of the Astronomical League, discoverer of several supernovae, the first amateur to find two on the same night
176710 Banff 2002 QR56 Banff, Alberta, well known for its hot springs and mountainous scenery, is one of Canada's most popular tourist attractions.
176711 Canmore 2002 QM57 The town of Canmore, the most important coal-mining centers in southern Alberta
176866 Kuropatkin 2002 TO316 Nickolai Kuropatkin, Russian-American physicist and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
176867 Brianlee 2002 TA321 Brian C. Lee, American physicist and Sloan Digital Sky Survey builder
176884 Jallynsmith 2002 UZ58 J. Allyn Smith, American astronomer and a builder of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
177,001–178,000 [edit]
177415 Queloz 2004 CK3 Didier Queloz, Swiss astrophysicist at Geneva University
177659 Paolacel 2005 CE77 Paola Celletti graduated in architecture from the University of Rome "La Sapienza". She has been an amateur astronomer and involved in public outreach
177853 Lumezzane 2005 PQ3 Lumezzane, a small town in northern Italy, near Brescia
177982 Popilnia 2006 QE34 Popilnia district (Попільня), Popilniansky Raion (Попільнянський район), Zhytomyr Oblast (Житомирська область), Ukraine, motherland of Maxym Tadeyovych Rylskyj, 20th-century Ukrainian poet
178,001–179,000 [edit]
178008 Picard 2006 QQ137 Claude Picard, 20th-century French engineer and astronomer, creator of the Commission Cosmologie of the Societé Astronomique de France
178113 Benjamindilday 2006 SA381 Benjamin Dilday (b. 1975), an American Astronomer, a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
178155 Kenzaarraki 2006 TN117 Kenza Arraki (b. 1988), an American astronomer.
178156 Borbála 2006 UL1 Borbála Ujhelyi is the wife of the co-discoverer, Zoltán Kuli
178226 Rebeccalouise 2006 VP156 Rebecca Louise Puckett, née Ramsay, wife of discovery team member Andrew W. Puckett, because it was discovered three days before their first wedding anniversary
178243 Schaerding 2006 YH13 Schärding, Upper Austria, home town of the discoverer
178256 Juanmi 2007 VR102 Juan Miguel Lacruz Camblor, son of the discoverer
178263 Wienphilo 2007 WV55 The Vienna Philharmonic
178267 Sarajevo 2007 YG59 Sarajevo, the capital and largest city of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
178294 Wertheimer 1990 TA12 Egon Ranshofen-Wertheimer, 20th-century Austrian lawyer, journalist and historian, involved in the establishment of the United Nations
178796 Posztoczky 2001 DQ86 Károly Posztoczky, Hungarian landowner and amateur astronomer
178803 Kristenjohnson 2001 FA4 Kristen Johnson, American officer of the Foundation for Blind Children in Phoenix, Arizona, and of the National Federation of the Blind, and daughter of astronomer Wayne Johnson
178830 Anne-Véronique 2001 HT Anne-Véronique is the wife of Michel Hernandez, one of the discoverers of this minor planet
179,001–180,000 [edit]
179593 Penglangxiaoxue 2002 LK61 Penglang School, founded in 1906 in Kunshan City (Jiangsu Province)
179595 Belkovich 2002 MK4 Oleg Belkovich (born 1934) is recognized worldwide for his work on the radar observations of meteors
179678 Rietmeijer 2002 QS66 Frans J. M. Rietmeijer, Dutch-American planetary geologist and research professor at the University of New Mexico
179764 Myriamsarah 2002 SC Myriam Ory and Sarah Ory are daughters of the discoverer.
179875 Budavari 2002 TX328 Tamas Budavari (b. 1973), a Hungarian physicist and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
Preceded by
160,001–170,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 170,001–171,000
Succeeded by
180,001–190,000