Meanings of minor planet names: 50001–51000
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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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|
|50033 Perelman||2000 AF48||Grigorij (Grisha) Yakovlevich Perelman, Russian mathematician †|
|50240 Cortina||2000 BY3||Cortina d'Ampezzo, holiday resort in the Dolomites, Italy, host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, near which the Osservatorio Astronomico del Col Drusciè (Col Drusciè Astronomical Observatory) is located †|
|50250 Daveharrington||2000 BW22||David L. Harrington (born 1939) is a retired automobile engineer. †|
|50412 Ewen||2000 DG1||Harry Ewen, Canadian amateur astronomer † ‡|
|50413 Petrginz||2000 DQ1||Petr Ginz, Czech-Jewish boy who edited Vedem, a secret magazine, in the Terezín ghetto during World War II † ‡|
|50687 Paultemple||2000 EC117||Paul Temple, pastor and amateur astronomer in Deming, New Mexico †|
|50768 Ianwessen||2000 FW2||Ian Remington Wessen (born 1992) has excelled as an honor student in high school, spent two summers learning the Russian language and six weeks working for the Europa Jupiter System Mission team †|
|50866 Davidesprizzi||2000 GX3||Davide Sprizzi (b. 2013), the son of the discoverer’s daughter. [MPC 85017]|
|Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 50,001–51,000