Meanings of minor planet names: 315001–316000
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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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|
|315012 Hutchings||2007 BD31||John Barrie Hutchings (born 1941) uses observations from the X-ray to the radio regimes to probe intrinsically-luminous stars, X-ray binaries, neutron stars and stellar-mass black holes, and active galactic nuclei and quasars. †|
|315166 Pawelmaksym||2007 GA4||Pawel Maksym (1983–2013), an astronomy popularizer in Poland.|
|315174 Sellek||2007 HG5||Douglas J. Sellek (1945–1996) was a middle-school science teacher and an advocate of the sciences. †|
|315186 Schade||2007 LD30||Since 2001, David Joseph Schade (born 1953) has served as leader for the NRC-Canadian Astronomy Data Centre which has contributed numerous innovations to data management for, inter alia, HST, CFHT, Gemini, JCMT and MOST observatories and to the Virtual Observatory. †|
|315493 Zimin||2008 AE2||Dmitry Borisovich Zimin (born 1933), a Russian scientist and inventor. †|
|Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 315,001–316,000