Meanings of minor planet names: 280,001–290,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
280,001–281,000 edit
280640 Ruetsch 2005 AV Simon Ruetsch (born 1996), a member of the Société jurassienne d´astronomie.
280641 Edosara 2005 AT3 Edoardo Rossi (b. 1998) and Sara Breschi (b. 1996) are two active young amateur astronomers at the San Marcello Observatory.[MPC 85018]
280642 Doubs 2005 AR27 The Doubs, a 453-km-long river in eastern France and western Switzerland, tributary of the Saône.
281,001–282,000 edit
281272 Arnaudleroy 2007 RC12 Arnaud Leroy (b. 1974), a French amateur astronomer at the Pic du Midi observatory.
281820 Monnaves 2009 XW Ramon ("Mon") Naves Jr., the son of one of the discoverers.
282,001–283,000 edit
282669 Ergüel 2005 VD4 Ergüel, an ancient seigniory of the Catholic diocese of Basel. [MPC 84383]
282897 Kaltenbrunner 2007 GK28 Gerlinde Kaltenbrunner (b. 1970), Austrian mountaineer.
283,001–284,000 edit
283057 Casteldipiazza 2008 OZ5 Castel di Piazza, an ancient medieval village in northern Tuscany, near Florence.
283142 Weena 2008 YV29 Weena is the major female character in The Time Machine, an 1895 novel by H. G. Wells.[MPC 86284]
283786 Rutebeuf 2003 QF104 Rutebeuf (1245–1285), a French poet.[MPC 87143]
283990 Randallrosenfeld 2004 SG2 Randall Rosenfeld (b. 1959), the national archivist of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada.
284,001–285,000 edit
284891 Kona 2009 RT26 Kona, the name of a district of the Big Island of Hawai’i.[MPC 86717]
284945 Saint-Imier 2010 EM44 The city of Saint-Imier, founded by the hermit St. Imerius in 884.[MPC 85915]
284984 Ikaunieks 2010 GC158 Janis Ikaunieks (1912-1969), Latvian astronomer.
286,001–287,000 edit
286162 Tatarka 2001 TD259 Dominik Tatarka (1913–1989), a Slovak writer, essayist, screenwriter and translator of French authors into Slovak.[MPC 86717]
286693 Kodaitis 2002 FD14 Bernardas Kodaitis (1879-1957), Professor of the Kaunas and Vilnius universities in Lithuania.


287,001–288,000 edit
287347 Mézes 2002 TM382 Tibor Mézes (b. 1942), a Slovak amateur astronomer and popularizer of astronomy [MPC 85018]
288,001–289,000 edit
288478 Fahlman 2004 FA17 Gregory Gaylord Fahlman (b. 1944) has served since 2003 as the Director General of the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada. He has made extensive contributions to studies of globular star clusters using ground- and space-based telescopes.
289,001–290,000 edit
289085 Andreweil 2004 TC244 André Weil (1906–1998), a French mathematician.[MPC 87143]
289314 Chisholm 2005 AS23 Eric Chisholm (b. 1975), an engineering physicist.
289586 Shackleton 2005 FZ4 Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922), an Anglo-Irish explorer.
289587 Chantdugros 2005 FB5 Le Chant du Gros, an open air music festival founded by Gilles Pierre in 1991 and held in Le Noirmont, Switzerland.
289992 Onfray 2005 PF6 Michel Onfray (b. 1959), a French philosopher.[MPC 87546]
Preceded by
270,001–280,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 280,001–281,000
Succeeded by
290,001–300,000