Meanings of minor planet names: 290,001–300,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
290,001–291,000 [edit]
290001 Uebersax 2005 PP16 Robert Uebersax (b. 1963), a Swiss amateur astronomer.
291,001–292,000 [edit]
291849 Orchestralondon 2006 OL2 Orchestra London Canada, founded in 1937, is a professional orchestra in London, Ontario.
292,001–293,000 [edit]
292051 Bohlender 2006 RD3 Through high-resolution spectroscopy, David Bohlender (b. 1959) has greatly increased understanding of hot, peculiar stars, stellar magnetic fields and diffuse interstellar bands.
292159 Jongoldstein 2006 RU105 Jon Goldstein (b. 1981), an American research engineer.
292160 Davefask 2006 RG107 David Fask (b. 1982), an American psychologist.
293,001–294,000 [edit]
293809 Zugspitze 2007 RD162 Zugspitze, located in the Alps, the highest mountain (2962 m) in Germany.
293878 Tapping 2007 RV274 Kenneth Tapping (b. 1945), a solar physicist at the NRC-Dominion Radio Astrophysical Observatory.
293909 Matterhorn 2007 SS2 The Matterhorn (German), Monte Cervino (Italian) or Mont Cervin (French), is a remarkably shaped mountain in the Alps on the border between Switzerland and Italy.
293926 Harrystine 2007 TJ1 G. Harry Stine (b. 1928) helped found the hobby of spacemodeling (model rocketry) in 1957, a pastime enjoyed today by millions of space and astronomy enthusiasts worldwide. He also founded the National Association of Rocketry (Model Missiles Association) in 1959.
293934 MPIA 2007 TM8 The Max-Planck-Institute for Astronomy at Heidelberg, Germany.
294,001–295,000 [edit]
294402 Joeorr 2007 VN1891 Joseph Newton Orr (1954–2013), a longtime supporter of Lowell Observatory’s research and preservation efforts.
294595 Shingareva 2008 AH1 Kira B. Shingareva (b. 1938), a professor at the Moscow State University for Geodesy and Cartography, and the head of the Planetary Cartography Laboratory.
294600 Abedinabedin 2008 AA3 Abedin Y. Abedin (b. 1982), a good friend of the first discoverer.
294664 Trakai 2008 AL86 Trakai is a Lithuanian historic city known for its medieval island castle and lake resort.
294727 Dennisritchie 2008 BV41 Dennis MacAlistair Ritchie (1941-2011), a computer scientist and winner of the Turing, Hamming Medal and National Medal of Technology awards.
295,001–296,000 [edit]
295299 Nannidiana 2008 GZ111 Giovanni Foglia (b. 1932) and Diana Damiani (b. 1938) are the parents of Sergio Foglia, one of the H55 observers.
295565 Hannover 2008 SL83 Hannover, the capital city of the German federal state of Niedersachsen.
296,001–297,000 [edit]
296525 Milanovskiy 2009 OU2 Aleksandr Evgen'evich Milanovskiy (1950-2004), a famous Russian geologist and meteorite searcher and investigator.
296577 Arkhangelsk 2009 RV2 The city of Arkhangelsk was founded in 1584 on the banks of the Northern Dvina river, near the White sea, as the first seaport of Russia.
296638 Sergeibelov 2009 SD101 Belov Sergei Aleksandrovich (1944–2013) is one of the most renowned Soviet and European basketball players of the 20th century.
296753 Mustafamahmoud 2009 UP14 Mustafa Kamal Mahmoud Husayn (1921–2009), commonly known as Mustafa Mahmoud, was an Egyptian scientist and a prolific author.
296968 Ignatianum 2010 ES74 Ignatianum is the Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education in Krakow, Poland.
296987 Piotrflin 2010 ET119 Piotr Flin (b. 1945), a Polish astronomer and a Professor at Jan Kochanowski University in Kielce.
297,001–298,000 [edit]
297409 Mållgan 2000 RE39 Mållgan, the imaginary friend of the fictitious character Alfons Åberg, created by the Swedish author Gunilla Bergström. Many young children have imaginary friends, although they tend to be abandoned with time. The naming of Mållgan is a tribute to all imaginary friends.
298,001–299,000 [edit]
298877 Michaelreynolds 2004 SY26 Michael D. Reynolds (b. 1954) has spent many years inspiring students in astronomy in his role as Dean of mathematics and sciences and professor of astronomy at Florida State College in Jacksonville, Florida. He was director of the Chabot Science Center in California from 1991 to 2002.


Preceded by
280,001–290,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 290,001–291,000
Succeeded by
300,001–310,000