Meanings of minor planet names: 277001–278000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
277801–277900
277816 Varese 2006 GL Varese is "the city of gardens", in a lake district with beautiful landscapes on the border of the Italian Alps.
277883 Basu 2006 JA69 Shantanu Basu (b. 1964), an American astrophysicist.


Preceded by
276,001–277,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 277,001–278,000
Succeeded by
278,001–279,000