Meanings of minor planet names: 57001–58000
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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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|
|57140 Gaddi||2001 PG29||Riccardo Gaddi, amateur astronomer and popular expositor †|
|57359 Robcrawford||2001 RC||Robert W. Crawford, American energy and environmental consultant, amateur astronomer and physicist †|
|57424 Caelumnoctu||2001 SP22||(19)57–4–24, 1957 April 24, is the date of the transmission of the first edition of the BBC television series The Sky at Night (Caelum noctu in Latin) †|
|57471 Mariemarsina||2001 SZ115||Marie Marsina (born 1952) currently serves as the President of the National Art League in New York City and as Vice President of the Douglaston Civic Association. She is a graduate of Pace University's Lubin School of Business. †|
|57567 Crikey||2001 TS56||"Crikey!", signature phrase of Steve Irwin, 20th-century Australian television naturalist †|
|57658 Nilrem||2001 UJ1||Jean-Claude Merlin ("Merlin" backwards, because of pre-existing 2598 Merlin), French astronomer, founder-president of the Société astronomique de Bourgogne (Burgundy Astronomical Society) †|
|57879 Cesarechiosi||2002 AD1||Cesare Chiosi, Italian professor of theoretical astrophysics at the University of Padua †|
|57901 Hitchens||2002 CH275||Christopher E. Hitchens (born 1949), an intellectual of broad interests who lists "disputation" among his hobbies, lectures copiously and writes for a number of periodicals as a pundit and critic †|
|Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 57,001–58,000