Meanings of minor planet names: 340,001–350,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
340,001–341,000 edit
340891 Londoncommorch 2007 CO54 The London Commumnity Orchestra. [MPC 84384]
340980 Bad Vilbel 2007 EJ171 The city of Bad Vilbel is a spa town with many mineral springs in midwestern Germany, bordering on northern Frankfurt.
341,001–342,000 edit
341359 Gregneumann 2007 TV69 Gregory A. Neumann (b. 1947), a planetary scientist.
342,001–343,000 edit
342431 Hilo 2008 UQ90 Hilo, the largest city on “The Big Island” of Hawai’i.[MPC 86717]
343000 Ijontichy 2009 BH73 Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot” is a satirical German science fiction TV series. The space traveller Ijon Tichý, played by the actor Oliver Jahn, navigates the universe in his “three-room rocket”. The story is based on “The Star Diaries by Stanisław Lem.[MPC 85018]
343,001–344,000 edit
343157 Mindaugas 2009 HH68 Mindaugas (1200-1263), the first known Grand Duke of Lithuania and the King of Lithuania.
343444 Halluzinelle 2010 EW20 The “Analoge Halluzinelle” is a female robot hologram in the satirical German science fiction TV series “Ijon Tichy: Raumpilot”. The role is played by the actress Nora Tschirner. The story is based on “The Star Diaries” by Stanisław Lem.
343743 Kjurkchieva 2011 FY16 Diana Kjurkchieva (b. 1952) is a Professor in Astronomy at the University of Shumen, Bulgaria and current President of the Bulgarian Astronomical Union. She works on the observation and modeling of variable stars, exoplanets and is the leading popularizer of astronomy science in Bulgaria. Name suggested by S. Ibryamov. [MPC 86717]



344,001–345,000 edit
344581 Albisetti 2003 BG1 Walter Albisetti (1957–2013), a Professor at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Milano.[MPC 85915]
345,001–346,000 edit
345842 Alexparker 2007 LG31 Alex H. Parker (b. 1987), an American astronomer. [MPC 85915]
345971 Marktorrence 2007 TG105 Mark H. Torrence (b. 1952), a planetary scientist.
346,001–347,000 edit
346261 Alexandrescu 2008 EK145 Harald Alexandrescu (1945-2005), a Romanian astronomer.
346889 Rhiphonos 2009 QV38 Rhiphonos (Riphonus), one of the commanders of the Centaurs who joined Dionysus in his campaign against India. [MPC 84384]
347,001–348,000 edit
347028 Vǎzec 2010 EV44 Vǎzec, a village in northern Slovakia, within the district of Liptovský Mikuláš in the Žilina Region. [MPC 84675]
347940 Jorgezuluaga 2003 FZ128 Jorge Zuluaga (b. 1975) is a researcher, educator and popularizer of astronomy. [MPC 85915]
348,001–349,000 edit
348034 Deslorieux 2003 UJ26 Jean-Marie Deslorieux (1871-1958), the grandfather of the discoverer.
348407 Patkósandrás 2005 JC94 András Patkós (b. 1947), a Hungarian nuclear physicist. [MPC 86717]


349,001–350,000 edit
349386 Randywright 2007 WA56 Randall P. Wright (b. 1948) graduated Eastern Illinois University with a BS in Physics.[MPC 85018]


Preceded by
330,001–340,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 340,001–341,000
Succeeded by
350,001–360,000