Meanings of minor planet names: 176001–177000
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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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|
|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 †|
|Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 176,001–177,000