Meanings of minor planet names: 240,001–250,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
240,001–241,000 [edit]
240022 Demitra 2001 TR258 Pavol Demitra, Slovak ice-hockey player.
240381 Emilchyne 2003 SB317 Emilchyne, the disctict in Ukraine.
240697 Gemenc 2005 GC Gemenc, a forest and the only remaining tidal area of the Danube in Hungary.
240757 Farkasberci 2005 KS8 Bertalan "Berci" Farkas (born 1949), the first Hungarian cosmonaut and the first Esperantist in space.
241,001–242,000 [edit]
241090 Nemet 2006 UK290 Timothy Nemet (born 1996) displayed unrivalled enthusiasm in the pursuit of astronomical knowledge, following in the Canadian tradition of astronomical excellence and embodying the spirit of Beyond the International Year of Astronomy.
241113 Zhongda 2007 OU4 The Sun Yat-sen University, also unofficially referred as Zhongshan University, is ranked as one of China's top universities. The first discoverer spent part of his childhood as well as his undergraduate career at the University.
241192 Pulyny 2007 SH6 Pulyny (currently Chervonoarmijsk), the town of in the north of Ukraine.
241363 Érdibálint 2007 YA4 Bálint Érdi (born 1945), a Hungarian astronomer and full professor at the Eötvös University (Budapest).
241418 Darmstadt 2008 UX201 Darmstadt, a German city known for its architecture of the Jugendstil period.
241442 Shandongkexie 2008 YN9 Shandongkexie is the Chinese phonetic alphabet representation of the Shandong Association for Science and Technology.
241509 Sessler 2009 DT26 Gerhard M. Sessler (born 1931) is professor of Electroacoustics at Technischen Universität Darmstadt.
241527 Edwardwright 2010 CK9 Edward L. Wright (b. 1947), the Principal Investigator of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission and a professor at UCLA.
241528 Tubman 2010 CA10 Harriet Tubman (c. 1822–1913), a “conductor” on the Underground Railroad.
241529 Roccutri 2010 CA14 Roc Cutri (b. 1957), an astronomer specializing in analyzing large astronomical datasets.
241538 Chudniv 2010 EV42 Chudniv, the small town of in northern Ukraine.
242,001–243,000 [edit]
242479 Marijampole 2004 TF115 Marijampole, with a population of 45 000, is the largest city in the Suvalkija region of south-west Lithuania.
242492 Fantomas 2004 VU65 Fantomas is one of the most popular characters in the history of French crime fiction. Fantomas was created in 1911 by Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre.
242529 Hilaomar 2005 AL54 Hila Omar is really into astronomy and promotes that science in Morocco.
242648 Fribourg 2005 NQ63 Fribourg is a young, dynamic and bilingual region of Switzerland near the capital, Bern.
242830 Richardwessling 2006 DK8 Richard J. Wessling (born 1935) worked at U.S. Precision Lens for 35 years, making telescope mirrors from the early 1960s onwards and opening the Pines Optical Shop in 1991.
243,001–244,000 [edit]
243073 Freistetter 2007 HT3 Florian Freistetter (born 1977), an astronomer and science writer.
243094 Dirlewanger 2007 RU8 Wolfgang Dirlewanger (b. 1953), leader of dental clinic in Nagold, Germany.
243096 Klauswerner 2007 RX15 Klaus Werner (born 1957), Professor of astronomy at the University of Tübingen.
243097 Batavia 2007 RF16 The fort of Batavia (Castro Batava) was a Roman frontier fort (1st to 5th century AD) in the area of Passau in Bavaria, Germany.
243109 Hansludwig 2007 RT132 Hans-Ludwig Neumann (1938–1991), a German amateur astronomer and president of the Physikalischer Verein at Frankfurt am Main from 1976 to 1991.
243204 Kubanchoria 2007 UA5 Named on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the Kuban Cossacs Chorus, founded on 1811 October 14.
243262 Korkosz 2007 YV47 Frank and John Korkosz, of Chicopee, Massachusetts, were pioneers in the development of mid-sized, high-quality planetariums.
243285 Fauvaud 2008 CJ181 Stéphane Fauvaud (born 1968), an active French amateur astronomer.
243320 Jackuipers 2008 SG12 Jack Kuipers (born 1921), author of a text on quaternions, taught mathematics at Calvin College for 20 years after a 17-year engineering career in the aerospace industry.
243381 Alessio 2008 YM4 Alessio Muler (born 2002), second son of the first discoverer.
243440 Colonia 2009 FD2 Colonia (Colonia Claudia Ara Agrippinensium) is the Roman name for Köln, Germany's fourth-largest city, founded in the year 38 BC by the Romans.
243458 Bubulina 2009 QQ38 Bubulina was the nickname of Marina Denisa Botofan (2008–2010), who lived in Constanta, Romania, and died in Pavia, Italy, of lymphoblastic leukemia.
243491 Mühlviertel 2009 UH19 Muehlviertel, the northernmost of the four districts (together with Hausruckviertel, Traunviertel and Innviertel) of Upper Austria.
243516 Marklarsen 2009 FD2 As the senior scientist at the Space Dynamics Laboratory at Utah State University, Mark Larson (born 1962) has been responsible for the camera aboard the Wide-Field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE) spacecraft. His work has been seminal to the success of the mission.
243526 Russwalker 2010 DY28 Russ Walker (b. 1931), an astronomer specializing in infrared observations of small bodies.
243529 Petereisenhardt 2010 DO50 Peter Eisenhardt (b. 1957) is the Project Scientist for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission and was a member of the Spitzer Space Telescope Infrared Array Camera science team.
243536 Mannheim 2010 EQ111 Mannheim, a German city in the federal state of Baden-Württemberg.
243546 Fengchuanliu 2010 JH61 Fengchuan Liu (b. 1965), an expert in cryogenic physics who served as the project manager for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and NEOWISE projects and who has worked on a number of other NASA low temperature physics experiments.
244,001–245,000 [edit]
243109 Hansludwig 2007 RT132 Hans-Ludwig Neumann (1938–1991), a German amateur astronomer and president of the Physikalischer Verein at Frankfurt am Main from 1976 to 1991.
245,001–246,000 [edit]
245158 Thomasandrews 2004 TU18 Thomas Andrews (1873–1912), the architect primarily responsible for the design of the RMS Titanic.
245417 Rostand 2005 JA46 Edmond Rostand (1868–1918), a French poet and playwright.
245890 Krynychenka 2006 QE58 Galyna Ivanivna Biletska (born 1961), the leader of the "Krynychenka" folk song and dance ensemble from Andrushivka.
245943 Davidjoseph 2006 RZ114 David Joseph Masiero (b. 1953) is a mechanical engineer, specializing in nuclear power plant design. He is the father of the discoverer.
246,001–247,000 [edit]
246132 Lugyny 2007 NM1 Lugyny, the district of in the north of Ukraine.
246153 Waltermaria 2007 PW30 Walter E. B. Mazzucato (1921–2003) and Maria L. Pozzi (1927–2003) were the father and mother of the first discoverer.
246164 Zdvyzhensk 2007 QH3 Zdvyzhensk (currently Brusyliv), the ancient town in Ukraine.
246238 Crampton 2007 RL274 David Crampton (born 1942) has overseen the development of exceptionally efficient, multiplexed spectrographs for CFHT and Gemini. Using them he helped establish Canadian excellence in observational cosmology. He has also excelled in research on Galactic structure and multiple stars, including X-ray binaries.
246247 Sheldoncooper 2007 SP14 Sheldon Cooper, portrayed by Jim Parsons, is a geeky fictional character on the TV series "The Big Bang Theory".
246345 Carolharris 2007 TH298 Carol E. Harris (born 1940), Professor Emeritus at the University of Victoria.
246643 Miaoli 2008 YU9 Miaoli, a city located in the mountainous terrain on the western coastline of Taiwan.
246789 Pattinson 2009 DM89 Robert Douglas Thomas Pattinson (b. 1986), an English actor and musician.
246837 Bethfabinsky 2010 CR51 Beth Fabinsky (b. 1971), an American engineer who specializes in mission operations for NASA spacecraft.
246841 Williamirace 2010 DR58 William Irace (b. 1941) is an engineer who worked on the Viking Mars orbiters, the InfraRed Astronomical Satellite, the W. M. Keck Ten MeterTelescopes and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
246842 Dutchstapelbroek 2010 EZ5 Maryn ‘Dutch’ Stapelbroek (b. 1947), a physicist specializing in infrared and visible light-detector design and construction.
246861 Johnelwell 2010 KC18 John Elwell (b. 1958), an expert in the design, construction and calibration of infrared instrumentation for space-based missions to study astrophysics and the Earth’s atmosphere.
246913 Slocum 1998 SU63 Joshua Slocum (1844 – c. 1909) was the first person to circumnavigate the world alone.
247,001–248,000 [edit]
247553 Berndpauli 2002 RV234 Bernd V. Pauli (b. 1945) is a respected meteorite aficionado and collector with keen interests in astronomy and Egyptology. Co-author of the Electronic Catalogue of Meteorites and Meteorite Craters, he has been a long-time member of the Meteoritical Society and a prolific contributor to the Meteorite Mailing List.
247652 Hajossy 2002 WO21 Rudolf Hajossy (born 1941) is enthusiastic physicist and senior lecturer at the Comenius University in Bratislava.
248,001–249,000 [edit]
248183 Peisandros 2005 AD28 Peisandros, the son of Antimachos. This Trojan warrior and his brother Hippolochos were killed by Agamemnon.
248993 Jonava 2007 GM28 Jonava, a city in central Lithuania.
249,001–250,000 [edit]
249010 Abdel-Samad 2007 QE5 Hamed Abdel-Samad (born 1972) is an Egyptian political scientist whose satirical German TV series "Safary through Germany" has initiated a broad national discussion.
249061 Anthonyberger 2007 TG298 Anthony R. Berger (born 1937), a distinguished Canadian geologist.
249160 Urriellu 2008 BO14 Urriellu, a wonderful limestone peak located in the Macizo central of the Picos de Europa.
249302 Ajoie 2008 UM7 Ajoie is the name of a region in the North of Swiss Jura.
249514 Donaldroyer 2010 CZ44 Donald Royer (b. 1942), an expert in the systems needed to operate and communicate with NASA space missions. He served as the mission operations systems manager for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission.
249515 Heinrichsen 2010 CF48 Ingolf Heinrichsen (b. 1964), an expert in the systems engineering, operations, and management of space telescopes, including the Kepler mission, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer and the Spitzer Space Telescope.
249516 Aretha 2010 CV60 Aretha Franklin (b. 1942), an American singer known as the Queen of Soul who has won 17 Grammy Awards and has influenced countless singers.
249519 Whitneyclavin 2010 CA130 Whitney Clavin (b. 1971), a science writer who works to inform the public about results from NASA astronomy missions such as the Spitzer Space Telescope, the Kepler mission and the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
249521 Truth 2010 CU212 Sojourner Truth (c. 1797–1883), an American abolitionist and advocate for women’s rights.
249522 Johndailey 2010 DP15 John Dailey (b. 1978), a software engineer who was the lead developer for the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer’s moving object processing system for identifying minor planets in the project’s infrared images.
249530 Ericrice 2010 GJ92 Eric Rice (b. 1979), a systems engineer specializing in fault protection. He has served as the fault protection engineer for several NASA spacecraft, including the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer.
249539 Pedrosevilla 2010 HY7 Pedro Sevilla (b. 1967), an engineer who worked on the payload electronics and focal planes of the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer mission.
249540 Eugeniescott 2010 HX14 Eugenie Scott (b. 1946), an American physical anthropologist.
249544 Ianmclean 2010 HQ44 Ian McLean (b. 1949), a professor of astronomy at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Preceded by
230,001–240,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 240,001–241,000
Succeeded by
250,001–260,000