Meanings of minor planet names: 6001–6500

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
6001 Thales 1988 CP2 Thales of Miletus, Ancient Greek philosopher
6007 Billevans 1990 BE2 William John ("Bill") Evans, American jazz pianist
6009 Yuzuruyoshii 1990 FQ1 Yuzuru Yoshii, director of the Institute of Astronomy, University of Tokyo
6010 Lyzenga 1990 OE Gregory Allen Lyzenga, American geophysicist, Satellite Geodesy and Geodynamics Systems Group, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and, Physics Department, Harvey Mudd College*
6011 Tozzi 1990 QU5 Gian Paolo Tozzi, Italian astronomer or Paolo Tozzi, Italian astronomer or Andrea Tozzi, Italian astronomer*
6012 Williammurdoch 1990 SK4 William Murdoch (1754-1839), a Scottish engineer.
6013 Andanike 1991 OZ Andrew S., David S., Nicholas J., and Kevin M. Martinez, grandsons of the discoverer
6014 Chribrenmark 1991 PO10 Christopher W., Brendan J., and Mark E. Moeller, grandsons of the discoverer
6015 Paularego 1991 PR10 Paula Rego, Luso-British graphic artist
6019 Telford 1991 RO6 Thomas Telford (1757-1834), a Scottish civil engineer and famed builder of roads, canals, bridges, tunnels and harbors.
6020 Miyamoto 1991 SL1 Yukio Miyamoto, Japanese astronomer, director of Seiwa Kougen Observatory*
6022 Jyuro 1992 UB4 Juro Kobayashi, Japanese amateur astronomer
6023 Tsuyashima 1992 UQ4 Takaaki Tsuyashima, Japanese astronomer, director of Kumamoto Kenmin Observatory
6024 Ochanomizu 1992 UT4 Ochanomizu, a neighborhood in Tokyo, Japan
6025 Naotosato 1992 YA3 Naoto Sato (b. 1953), active amateur astronomer and junior high school science teacher.
6026 Xenophanes 1993 BA8 Xenophanes, Ancient Greek philosopher
6029 Edithrand 1948 AG *
6030 Zolensky 1981 EG36 Michael Ewing Zolensky, American meteoriticist, Associate Curator for Interplanetary Dust and Hardware Returned from Space, Co-investigator of the STARDUST Discovery Mission, and member of the science team of the MUSES-C Asteroid Sample Return Mission at NASA Johnson Space Center
6031 Ryokan 1982 BQ4 Ryōkan, Japanese Zen monk*
6032 Nobel 1983 PY Alfred Bernhard Nobel, Swedish chemist, humanist and philanthropist, founder of the Nobel prize
6035 Citlaltépetl 1987 OR Citlaltépetl, a dormant volcano and the highest mountain (5636 m) in Mexico and lies near to the city of Orizaba.
6036 Weinberg 1988 CV3 Steven Weinberg, American physicist and Nobelist
6039 Parmenides 1989 RS Parmenides, Ancient Greek philosopher
6041 Juterkilian 1990 KL Klas Juter, Swedish architect and photographer, and Danuta Kilian, Polish artist.
6042 Cheshirecat 1990 WW2 The Cheshire cat, a cat appearing in Lewis Carroll's famous fairy tale Alice in Wonderland. Its unique characteristic is its laughing voice that lingers after the cat fades away.
6043 Aurochs 1991 RK2 The aurochs, Bos primigenius
6044 Hammer-Purgstall 1991 RW4 Joseph von Hammer-Purgstall, Austrian orientalist*
6049 Toda 1991 VP Kōjun? Toda, Japanese astronomer*
6050 Miwablock 1992 AE Miwa Block, application systems analyst at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona and member of the Spacewatch team.
6051 Anaximenes 1992 BX1 Anaximenes of Miletus, Ancient Greek philosopher
6052 Junichi 1992 CE1 Junichi Watanabe, Japanese astronomer
6054 Ghiberti 4019 P-L Lorenzo Ghiberti, Italian sculptor*
6055 Brunelleschi 2158 T-3 Filippo Brunelleschi, Florentine architect*
6056 Donatello 2318 T-3 Donatello (Donato di Niccolò di Betto Bardi), Florentine artist and sculptor*
6057 Robbia 5182 T-3 Luca della Robbia, Italian sculptor*
6060 Doudleby 1980 DX Doudleby, Bohemia, Czech Republic
6062 Vespa 1983 JQ *
6063 Jason 1984 KB Jason, Greek mythological hero*
6064 Holašovice 1987 HE1 Holašovice, Bohemia, Czech Republic
6065 Chesneau 1987 OC Olivier Chesneau (b. 1972), a French astronomer.
6066 Hendricks 1987 SZ3 *
6068 Brandenburg 1990 TJ2 Brandenburg, Germany*
6069 Cevolani 1991 PW17 Giordano Cevolani, Italian geophysicist
6070 Rheinland 1991 XO1 Rhineland, Germany*
6071 Sakitama 1992 AS1 Sakitama, a region of Gyoda city and from which Saitama prefecture takes its name, is known for its burial mounds, constructed from clay and rocks between the fourth and seventh centuries.
6072 Hooghoudt 1280 T-1 Bernard Hooghoudt, developer of the Dutch radio telescopes
6074 Bechtereva 1968 QE Natalya Petrovna Bekhtereva, Russian physiologist
6075 Zajtsev 1976 GH2 Aleksandr Zaitsev, Russian radio engineer and astronomer
6076 Plavec 1980 CR Miroslav Plavec (Mirek Plavec), Czech astronomer
6077 Messner 1980 TM Reinhold Messner, Italian mountaineer
6078 Burt 1980 TC5 *
6079 Gerokurat 1981 DG3 Gero Kurat, Austrian curator of the meteorite collection of the Natural History Museum in Vienna, and president of the Meteoritical Society
6080 Lugmair 1981 EY26 Günter Lugmair, German cosmochemist and meteoriticist
6081 Cloutis 1981 EE35 Edward Cloutis, Canadian physicist
6082 Timiryazev 1982 UH8 Kliment Arkad'evich Timiryazev, Russian botanist*
6083 Janeirabloom 1984 SQ2 Jane Ira Bloom, American soprano saxophonist and jazz composer
6084 Bascom 1985 CT Florence Bascom, American geologist
6085 Fraethi 1987 SN3 Frede Pedersen, father of one of the discoverers; Frede, an old Danish name meaning peace, comes from the old Nordic name Fraethi.
6087 Lupo 1988 FK Bob Lupo, Boston-born Arizona restaurateur
6088 Hoshigakubo 1988 UH Hoshigakubo, Niyodo, Kōchi, Japan. The name refers to a section of low ground at Choja, a mountainous place in the western part of Kochi prefecture. Legend has it that a meteorite fell there in olden times. Now there is a pond 20 meters across.
6089 Izumi 1989 AF1 Izumi-ku, Sendai, Japan
6091 Mitsuru 1990 DA1 Mitsuru Soma, Japanese astronomer
6092 Johnmason 1990 MN John W. Mason (b. 1954) has contributed to research on comets and meteors and to the popularization of astronomy. He was president of the British Astronomical Association during 1993-1995.
6093 Makoto 1990 QP5 Makoto Yoshikawa, Japanese astronomer
6094 Hisako 1990 VQ1 Hisako Hioki (b. 1929), the mother of the discoverer and an expert seamstress.
6097 Koishikawa 1991 UK2 Masahiro Koishikawa, Japanese amateur astronomer
6099 Saarland 1991 UH4 Saarland, Germany*
6100 Kunitomoikkansai 1991 VK4 Named in memory of Ikkansai Kunitomo (1778-1840). Born into a family of famous gun makers in the Edo period in Japan, he made several Gregorian reflecting telescopes entirely of his own design and observed the sun, moon and planets. For 14 months during 1835-1836 he made a continuous series of observations of sunspots.
6102 Visby 1993 FQ25 Visby, Sweden
6104 Takao 1993 HZ Takao Saito, Japanese geophysicist
6105 Verrocchio 4580 P-L Andrea del Verrocchio, Florentine sculptor*
6106 Stoss 6564 P-L Veit Stoss, German sculptor and wood-carver
6107 Osterbrock 1948 AF Donald Edward Osterbrock, American astrophysicist*
6108 Glebov 1971 QN *
6109 Balseiro 1975 QC José Antonio Balseiro, 20th-century Argentine nuclear physicist
6110 Kazak 1978 NQ1 *
6111 Davemckay 1979 SP13 David Stewart McKay, American lunar geologist and meteoriticist
6112 Ludolfschultz 1981 DB1 Ludolf Schultz, German cosmochemist and meteoriticist
6113 Tsap 1982 SX5 *
6115 Martinduncan 1984 SR2 Martin J. Duncan, Canadian astronomer
6116 Still 1984 UB3 Martin David Still, British astronomer*
6119 Hjorth 1986 XH Jens Hjorth, Danish astrophysicist
6120 Anhalt 1987 QR *
6121 Plachinda 1987 RU3 *
6122 Henrard 1987 SW1 Jacques Henrard, Belgian astronomer (celestial mechanics)*
6123 Aristoteles 1987 SH2 Aristotle, Ancient Greek philosopher
6124 Mecklenburg 1987 SL10 *
6127 Hetherington 1989 HD Norriss Swigart Hetherington, American historian of astronomy*
6128 Lasorda 1989 LA Tommy Lasorda, former manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers
6129 Demokritos 1989 RB2 Democritus, Ancient Greek philosopher
6130 Hutton 1989 SL5 James Hutton, 18th-century Scottish founder of modern geology
6131 Towen 1990 OO3 Tobias Owen, American astronomer*
6132 Danielson 1990 QY3 *
6135 Billowen 1990 RD9 William Mann Owen, American astronomer*
6136 Gryphon 1990 YH *
6137 Johnfletcher 1991 BY John Fletcher, British amateur astronomer and public educator
6139 Naomi 1992 AD1 Naomi Sugie, wife of discover
6140 Kubokawa 1992 AT1 Kazuo Kubokawa, Japanese astronomer
6141 Durda 1992 YC3 Daniel David Durda, American astronomer
6143 Pythagoras 1993 JV Pythagoras, Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician
6144 Kondojiro 1994 EQ3 Jiro Kondo, Japanese Egyptologist and amateur astronomer
6145 Riemenschneider 2630 P-L Tilman Riemenschneider, German sculptor*
6146 Adamkrafft 3262 T-2 Adam Krafft, German sculptor*
6147 Straub 1081 T-3 Johann Baptist Straub, German sculptor*
6148 Ignazgünther 5119 T-3 Ignaz Günther, German sculptor*
6149 Pelčák 1979 SS Oldřich Pelčák, Czech astronaut-candidate
6150 Neukum 1980 FR1 Gerhard Neukum, German astronomer, professor at Freie Universität, Berlin
6151 Viget 1987 WF *
6152 Empedocles 1989 GB3 Empedocles, Ancient Greek philosopher
6153 Hershey 1990 OB John Landis Hershey, American astronomer*
6154 Stevesynnott 1990 QP1 Stephen P. Synnott, American astronomer*
6155 Yokosugano 1990 VY2 Yōko Sugano, wife of Matsuo Sugano
6156 Dall 1991 AF1 *
6157 Prey 1991 RX2 Alois Prey, Austrian astronomer or Adalbert Prey, Austrian astronomer*
6160 Minakata 1993 JF Kumagusu Minakata, Japanese author and naturalist
6161 Vojno-Yasenetsky 1971 TY2 Valentin Voino-Yasenetsky (Archbishop Luka), Ukrainian surgeon and theologian*
6162 Prokhorov 1973 SR6 Yurij Vasil'evich Prokhorov, Russian mathematician*
6163 Reimers 1977 FT Dieter Reimers, German astronomer*
6164 Gerhardmüller 1977 RF2 *
6165 Frolova 1978 PD3 *
6166 Univsima 1978 SP4 Simferopol State University*
6167 Narmanskij 1979 QB10 V. Ya. Narmanskii, Ukrainian researcher in biorhythms and space physics*
6169 Sashakrot 1981 EX4 Alexander (Sasha) Krot, cosmochemist and meteoriticist
6170 Levasseur 1981 GP Pierre Émile Levasseur, French economist*
6172 Prokofeana 1982 TX *
6173 Jimwestphal 1983 AD James A. (Jim) Westphal, American astronomer, at one time Director of Palomar Observatory*
6174 Polybius 1983 TR2 Polybius, Ancient Greek historian*
6175 Cori 1983 XW Carl Ferdinand and Gerty Theresa Cori (née Radnitz), husband and wife Austro-Hungarian-American biochemists
6176 Horrigan 1985 BH Barbara Llewellyn Horrigan, American member of the Arlington Friends of the Drama (Massachusetts), actress, director, and set and costume designer
6179 Brett 1986 EN Robin Brett, American astronomer*
6180 Bystritskaya 1986 PX4 *
6181 Bobweber 1986 RW Robert ("Bob") Weber, 20th-century American physicist and astronomer, team leader of the Deep Space Satellite Tracking Network, and co-developer of the LINEAR project
6182 Katygord 1987 SC4 *
6183 Viscome 1987 SF7 George R. Viscome, American broadcast technician and astrometrist
6184 Nordlund 1987 UQ3 Aake Nordlund, Danish astrophysicist
6186 Zenon 1988 CC2 Zenon, Ancient Greek philosopher and mathematician
6188 Robertpepin 1988 SW2 Robert Pepin, American meteoriticist
6189 Völk 1989 EY2 Elisabeth Völk, secretary of ESO headquarters
6190 Rennes 1989 TJ1 Rennes, France*
6191 Eades 1989 WN1 *
6193 Manabe 1990 QC1 Yoshinosuke or Ryōnosuke Manabe, Japanese astronomer*
6194 Denali 1990 TN *
6195 Nukariya 1990 VL2 Motoi Nukariya, Japanese astronomer
6198 Shirakawa 1992 AF1 Shirakawa, Fukushima, Japan
6199 Yoshiokayayoi 1992 BK1 Yayoi Yoshioka, Japanese physician and women's rights activist
6200 Hachinohe 1993 HL Akio Hachinohe, Japanese amateur astronomer
6201 Ichiroshimizu 1993 HY Ichiro Shimizu, Japanese astronomer
6202 Georgemiley 3332 T-1 George K. Miley, American astronomer*
6203 Lyubamoroz 1981 EC23 Lyuba V. Moroz, Russian planetary scientist
6204 MacKenzie 1981 JB3 Norman MacKenzie, Canadian scholar
6205 Menottigalli 1983 OD Menotti Galli, Italian physicist
6206 Corradolamberti 1985 TB1 Corrado Lamberti, Italian astronomer*
6207 Bourvil 1988 BV Bourvil (André Zacharie Raimbourg), French actor and singer
6208 Wakata 1988 XT Koichi Wakata, Japanese astronaut
6209 Schwaben 1990 TF4 Samuel Heinrich Schwabe, German solar astronomer *
6210 Hyunseop 1991 AX1 Seo Hyun-seop, Korean diplomat
6211 Tsubame 1991 DO Tsubame, Japanese former express train running from Tokyo to Osaka or Kobe
6213 Zwiers 2196 P-L Hendrik Jan Zwiers, Dutch astronomer
6214 Mikhailgrinev 1971 SN2 *
6216 San Jose 1975 SJ San Jose, California
6218 Mizushima 1977 EG7 A town of Kurashiki, Okayama, Japan
6219 Demalia 1978 PX2 *
6220 Stepanmakarov 1978 SN7 Stepan Osipovich Makarov, Russian vice-admiral and oceanographer*
6221 Ducentesima 1980 GO Latin for "200", for 200th asteroid discovered at Kleť Observatory
6223 Dahl 1980 RD1 Roald Dahl, British author
6224 El Goresy 1981 EK8 Ahmed El Goresy, Egyptian mineralogist
6225 Hiroko 1981 EK12 Hiroko Nagahara, Japanese meteoriticist
6226 Paulwarren 1981 EY18 Paul Warren, American research geochemist
6227 Alanrubin 1981 EQ42 Alan Rubin, American research geochemist
6228 Yonezawa 1982 BA Yonezawa, Yamagata, Japan
6229 Tursachan 1983 VN7 Gaelic for "Standing Stones" (1997 Flagstaff Festival of Science asteroid naming contest winner)
6231 Hundertwasser 1985 FH Friedensreich Hundertwasser (Friedrich Stowasser), Austrian artist
6232 Zubitskia 1985 SJ3 *
6233 Kimura 1986 CG Hisashi Kimura, Japanese astronomer*
6234 Sheilawolfman 1986 SF Sheila Wolfman (née Sala Fajerman), Polish child survivor of the holocaust, pictured in Martin Gilbert's The Boys
6235 Burney 1987 VB Venetia Phair, née Burney, English woman who, at age 11, suggested the name Pluto for the "ninth planet"
6236 Mallard 1988 WF LNER Class A4 4468 Mallard, British steam locomotive
6237 Chikushi 1989 CV Chikuzen and Chikugo Province, former name of Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
6239 Minos 1989 QF Minos, mythological Cretan king*
6240 Lucretius Carus 1989 SL1 Titus Lucretius Carus, Roman poet and philosopher
6241 Galante 1989 TG *
6243 Yoder 1990 OT3 Charles Finney Yoder, American astronomer*
6244 Okamoto 1990 QF Hiroshi Okamoto, Japanese primary school teacher of discoverer
6245 Ikufumi 1990 SO4 Ikufumi Makino, Japanese telecommunications systems engineer and amateur astronomer
6246 Komurotoru 1990 VX2 Toru Komuro, Japanese sculptor*
6247 Amanogawa 1990 WY3 Amanogawa river, Hokkaidō, Japan (In Japanese, "Amanogawa" means also "Milky Way")
6249 Jennifer 1991 JF1 *
6250 Saekohayashi 1991 VX1 Saeko S. Hayashi (b. 1958) is an associate professor at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
6251 Setsuko 1992 DB Setsuko Akiyama, wife of one of discoveres
6252 Montevideo 1992 EV11 Montevideo, Uruguay, birthplace of Gonzalo Tancredi, one of the discoverers
6255 Kuma 1994 XT Kuma, Aichi, Japan
6256 Canova 4063 P-L Antonio Canova, Italian sculptor*
6257 Thorvaldsen 4098 T-1 Bertel Thorvaldsen, Danish sculptor*
6258 Rodin 3070 T-2 Auguste Rodin, French sculptor *
6259 Maillol 3236 T-2 Aristide Maillol, French sculptor*
6260 Kelsey 1949 PN Frances Oldham Kelsey, Canadian-American pharmacologist
6261 Chione 1976 WC *
6262 Javid 1978 RZ *
6266 Letzel 1986 TB3 Jan Letzel, Czech architect
6267 Rozhen 1987 SO9 The National Astronomical Observatory of Bulgaria on Mt Rozhen*
6268 Versailles 1990 SS5 Versailles, France
6269 Kawasaki 1990 UJ Shun'ichi Kawasaki, Japanese astronomer*
6271 Farmer 1991 NF *
6273 Kiruna 1992 ER31 Kiruna, northernmost city of Sweden
6274 Taizaburo 1992 FV Taizaburo Koyama, Japanese amateur astronomer*
6275 Kiryu 1993 VQ Kiryū, Gunma, Japan
6276 Kurohone 1994 AB Kurohone, village in Seta District, Gunma, Japan*
6278 Ametkhan 1971 TF Amet Khan Sultan, Tatar air ace of World War II*
6280 Sicardy 1980 RJ *
6281 Strnad 1980 SD Antonín Strnad, Czech astronomer
6282 Edwelda 1980 TS4 Edwin Aguirre and Imelda Joson, Filipino associate editor and photo editor, respectively, at Sky & Telescope magazine +
6284 Borisivanov 1981 EM19 Boris Ivanov, Russian geophysicist
6285 Ingram 1981 EA26 Vernon Ingram, American biologist, and his wife Elizabeth (Beth) Ingram, former Ashdown House housemasters at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
6287 Lenham 1984 AR Alan Pennell Lenham, British amateur astronomer*
6291 Renzetti 1985 TM1 Nicholas A. Renzetti, physicist, at one time with the Deep Space Network*
6293 Oberpfalz 1987 WV1 *
6294 Czerny 1988 CX1 Karl Czerny, Austrian composer and piano teacher
6295 Schmoll 1988 CF3 Antoine Schmoll, German piano teacher
6296 Cleveland 1988 NC Cleveland, Ohio*
6298 Sawaoka 1988 XC Akira Sawaoka (b. 1938), a Japanese scientist who synthesized a new type of polycrystalline diamond by a new shock-wave consolidation technique..
6299 Reizoutoyoko 1988 XQ1 Reizou and Toyoko Mori, parents of one of discoverers
6300 Hosamu 1988 YB Osamu Hioki, friend of discoverers
6302 Tengukogen 1989 CF Tengu Highland, mountain in Shikoku Island, Japan
6304 Josephus Flavius 1989 GT3 Josephus Bar Mattheus, Jewish historian
6305 Helgoland 1989 GE8 Heligoland, Germany.
6306 Nishimura 1989 UL3 Yūji Nishimura, president of Nishimura Mfg. Co.
6307 Maiztegui 1989 WL7 Alberto Maiztegui, Argentinian author and science educator
6308 Ebisuzaki 1990 BK Toshikazu Ebisuzaki, Japanese astronomer.
6309 Elsschot 1990 EM3 Willem Elsschot, pseudonym of Alfons de Ridder, Flemish writer
6310 Jankonke 1990 KK *
6311 Porubčan 1990 RQ2 Vladimír Porubčan, Slovak astronomer.
6312 Robheinlein 1990 RH4 Robert A. Heinlein, American science fiction author
6317 Dreyfus 1990 UP3 Dreyfus affair
6318 Cronkite 1990 WA Walter Cronkite, American TV newsreader.
6319 Beregovoj 1990 WJ3 Georgi Beregovoi, Russian cosmonaut
6320 Bremen 1991 AL3 Bremen, Germany.
6321 Namuratakao 1991 BV Takao Namura, a well-known telescope-mirror maker.
6323 Karoji 1991 CY1 Hiroshi Karoji, Japanese astronomer.
6326 Idamiyoshi 1991 FJ1 Miyoshi Ida, Japanese amateur astronomer.
6329 Hikonejyo 1992 EU1 Hikone Castle, Hikone, Shiga, Japan.
6330 Koen 1992 FN Koen Yanagiya, rakugoka.
6332 Vorarlberg 1992 FP3 Vorarlberg, Austria.
6333 Helenejacq 1992 LG *
6334 Robleonard 1992 MM *
6336 Dodo 1992 UU Dodo, a large, flightless bird first discovered in 1507 on the island of Mauritius.
6337 Shiota 1992 UC4 Kazuo Shiota, Japanese amateur astronomer.
6338 Isaosato 1992 UO4 Isao Sato, Japanese astronomer.
6339 Giliberti 1993 SG *
6340 Kathmandu 1993 TF2 Kathmandu, Nepal.
6345 Hideo 1994 AX1 Hideo Fukushima, Japanese astronomer.
6346 Syukumeguri 1995 AY A part of Kurohone, Gunma, Japan.
6349 Acapulco 1995 CN1 Acapulco, Mexico.
6350 Schlüter 3526 P-L Jochen Schlüter, German mineralogist or Arnulf Schlüter, German astronomer or Wolfgang Schlüter, German astronomer.
6351 Neumann 4277 T-1 Johann Balthasar Neumann, German baroque architect
6352 Schlaun 2400 T-3 Johann Conrad Schlaun, German baroque architect.
6353 Semper 3107 T-3 *
6354 Vangelis 1934 GA Vangelis Papathanassiou, Greek composer and multi-instrumentalist
6355 Univermoscow 1969 TX5 Lomonosov Moscow State University.
6356 Tairov 1976 QR Vasilij Egorovich Tairov, Russian viticulturist*
6357 Glushko 1976 SK3 Valentin Petrovich Glushko, Soviet rocket scientist*
6358 Chertok 1977 AL1 Boris Evseevich Chertok, Russian rocket scientist (specialist in guidance and control)*
6359 Dubinin 1977 AZ1 Eduard Dubinin, Russian astrophysicist*
6362 Tunis 1979 KO Tunis, Tunisia.
6363 Doggett 1981 CB1 LeRoy Elsworth Doggett, American astronomer and historian of astronomy [1][2]
6364 Casarini 1981 ET Jeannine Casarini, French teacher, member of the Tunguska99 scientific expedition to Central Siberia
6365 Nickschneider 1981 ES29 Nicholas McCord Schneider, American astronomer*
6366 Rainerwieler 1981 UM22 Rainer Wieler, Swiss geochemist at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)
6368 Richardmenendez 1983 RM3 Richard Menendez (b. 1957) has taught astronomy at St. Louis Community College for the last 14 years with his own curriculum aimed toward concepts and ideas for classroom teachers. He has done over 900 hours of public-outreach astronomy and has been a board member of the St. Louis Astronomical Society.
6370 Malpais 1984 EY Spanish for "bad country"/"badlands", used by early explorers of the American Southwest to designate difficult-going countryside strewn with rough lava flows or rocks, and now used to designate the rock found in such country, used for stone building construction (1999 Flagstaff Festival of Science asteroid naming contest winner)
6371 Heinlein 1985 GS Dieter Heinlein, meteorite and tektite collector for the Bavarian Meteorite Laboratory
6372 Walker 1985 JW1 Robert M. Walker, American astronomer*
6373 Stern 1986 EZ S. Alan Stern, astronomer*
6374 Beslan 1986 PY4 Beslan, Russia.
6375 Fredharris 1986 TB5 *
6376 Schamp 1987 KD1 Larry and Becky Schamp, Americans stationed in Alice Springs, Australia, who took in members of the Shoemaker family after the car collision in which Eugene died
6377 Cagney 1987 ML1 James Cagney, American actor
6379 Vrba 1987 VA1 Karel Vrba, Czech mineralogy professor
6381 Toyama 1988 DO1 Miyuki Toyama, Japanese amateur astronomer and illustrator
6383 Tokushima 1988 XU1 Tokushima-Kainan Astronomical Observatory, Tokushima Prefecture, Japan
6384 Kervin 1989 AM *
6385 Martindavid 1989 EC2 Martin Alois David, Czech observatory director
6386 Keithnoll 1989 NK1 Keith S. Noll, American astronomer*
6389 Ogawa 1990 BX Shigeo Ogawa, president of Seibundo-Shinkosha (publisher)
6390 Hirabayashi 1990 BG1 Shigeto Hirabayashi, Japanese amateur astronomer*
6391 Africano 1990 BN2 *
6392 Takashimizuno 1990 HR Takashi Mizuno, Japanese amateur astronomer*
6395 Hilliard 1990 UE1 *
6396 Schleswig 1991 AO3 Schleswig, Germany/Denmark*
6398 Timhunter 1991 CD1 Tim Hunter, American amateur astronomer*
6399 Harada 1991 GA Shoji Harada, Japanese amateur astronomer
6400 Georgealexander 1991 GQ1 George Alexander, a public-affairs manager in Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
6401 Roentgen 1991 GB2 Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen, German physicist and Nobelist *
6402 Holstein 1991 GQ10 Holstein, Germany*
6403 Steverin 1991 NU *
6404 Vanavara 1991 PS6 Vanavara, town in Siberia near the Tunguska impact site
6405 Komiyama 1992 HJ Fukuji Komiyama (b. 1924), a Japanese agriculture and forestry technician.
6408 Saijo 1992 UT5 Yoshihiro Saijo, Japanese amateur astronomer
6410 Fujiwara 1992 WO4 Masato? Fujiwara, Japanese amateur astronomer.
6411 Tamaga 1993 TA *
6412 Kaifu 1993 TL2 Norio Kaifu, Japanese astronomer
6413 Iye 1993 TJ3 Masanori Ie, Japanese astronomer
6414 Mizunuma 1993 UX A part of Kurohone, Gunma, Japan
6416 Nyukasayama 1993 VY3 Mount Nyūkasa, a mountain in central Japan.
6417 Liberati 1993 XA Libero Liberati (1926-1962), motorcyclist who won the Absolute Italian Championship in 1955 and 1956 riding a four-cylinder Gilera.
6418 Hanamigahara 1993 XJ Hanamigahara, a beautiful forest park in the northern part of Kurohone village, Gunma prefecture.
6419 Susono 1993 XX Susono, Shizuoka, Japan, near the discoverers' observing site at Mishima*
6420 Riheijyaya 1993 XG1 Riheijyaya, a beautiful forest park in the western part of Kurohone village, Gunma prefecture.
6422 Akagi 1994 CD1 Mount Akagi, 1828 m above sea level, is a large stratovolcano in the mid-eastern part of Gunma prefecture.
6423 Harunasan 1994 CP2 Another of the Three Jomo Mountains, Mount Haruna, 1449 m above sea level, is located in the central part of Gunma prefecture.
6424 Ando 1994 EN3 Hiroyasu Ando, Japanese astronomer
6426 Vanýsek 1995 ED Vladimír Vanýsek, Czech astronomer
6428 Barlach 3513 P-L Ernst Barlach, German sculptor*
6429 Brancusi 4050 T-1 Constantin Brâncuși, Romanian sculptor
6432 Temirkanov 1975 TR2 Yuri Temirkanov, Russian conductor
6433 Enya 1978 WC Enya (Eithne Ní Bhraonáin), Irish singer and songwriter
6434 Jewitt 1981 OH David C. Jewitt, British astronomer
6435 Daveross 1984 DA David Justin Ross (b. 1949), co-developer of the Prime Rib curve, a graphical display of energy requirements for rendezvous trajectories.
6436 Coco 1985 JX1 *
6437 Stroganov 1987 QS7 The Stroganov family of Russia, who exploited the iron and gold mines of the Urals
6438 Suárez 1988 BS3 Buenaventura Suárez, 17th-18th-century Argentine Jesuit and astronomer
6439 Tirol 1988 CV Tyrol, Austria*
6440 Ransome 1988 RA2 Arthur Ransome, British novelist
6441 Milenajesenská 1988 RR2 Milena Jesenská (1896–1944), Czech journalist
6442 Salzburg 1988 RU3 Salzburg, Austria*
6445 Bellmore 1990 FS1 Named in honor of Tamara Bell and Michael More on the occasion of their wedding. They are recent graduates of the University of Arizona with degrees in political science and geology. The discoverer and her husband wish the newlyweds a harmonious marriage and rewarding careers.
6446 Lomberg 1990 QL Jon Lomberg, American artist
6447 Terrycole 1990 TO1 Terry Cole, chief technologist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and senior faculty associate in the Caltech Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.
6449 Kudara 1991 CL1 Japanese astronomer, second president of Oriental Astronomical Association
6450 Masahikohayashi 1991 GV1 Masahiko Hayashi (b. 1959), professor of astronomy at the Department of Astronomy of the University of Tokyo.
6451 Kärnten 1991 GP10 Carinthia, Austria*
6452 Johneuller 1991 HA John Euller, Physics Teacher, Eastridge High School, Irondequoit, NY*
6456 Golombek 1992 OM Matthew Philip Golombek, American planetary geologist
6457 Kremsmünster 1992 RT Kremsmünster, Austria, location of the observatory (Sternwarte Kremsmünster) of the Benedictine monastery*
6458 Nouda 1992 TD1 Tadasuke Nouda, Japanese astronomer
6459 Hidesan 1992 UY5 Hideo Sato, Japanese astronomer
6460 Bassano 1992 UK6 *
6461 Adam 1993 VB5 Robert Adam (1728-1792), a Scottish architect.
6462 Myougi 1994 AF2 Also one of the Three Jomo Mountains, Mount Myougi, 1104 m above sea level and created by volcanic activity, is located at the southwestern part of Gunma prefecture.
6463 Isoda 1994 AG3 Sachiko or Yukiko Isoda, Japanese*
6464 Kaburaki 1994 CK Masaki Kaburaki, Japanese astronomer*
6465 Zvezdotchet 1995 EP Zvezdochet, the Russian magazine for amateur astronomers*
6467 Prilepina 1979 TS2 *
6468 Welzenbach 1981 ED19 Linda Welzenbach, American geologist, Collection Manager of the Meteorite Collection of the National Museum of Natural History
6469 Armstrong 1982 PC Neil Armstrong, Apollo 11 astronaut
6470 Aldrin 1982 RO1 Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 astronaut
6471 Collins 1983 EB1 Michael Collins, Italian-American Apollo 11 astronaut
6472 Rosema 1985 TL *
6473 Winkler 1986 GM Gernot M. R. Winkler, American astronomer [1]
6474 Choate 1987 SG1 Dennis Choate, American astronomer or Larry Mercer Choate, American astronomer*
6475 Refugium 1987 SZ6 Latin word for "refuge"*
6478 Gault 1988 JC1 Donald E. Gault, American planetary geologist
6479 Leoconnolly 1988 LC Leo Paul Connolly, American astronomer*
6480 Scarlatti 1988 PM1 Domenico Scarlatti, Italian composer and instrumentalist
6481 Tenzing 1988 RH2 Tenzing Norgay, Sherpa mountain climber
6482 Steiermark 1989 AF7 Styria, Austria*
6483 Nikolajvasil'ev 1990 EO4 Nikolai Vasil'ev, Russian scientific director of the Interdisciplinary Independent Tunguska Expeditions
6484 Barthibbs 1990 FT1 Bart Hibbs, American physicist*
6485 Wendeesther 1990 UR1 Wendee Esther Wallach-Feldman (afterwards Wendee Wallach-Levy), former teacher. Married to astronomer David H. Levy with whom she co-directs their private observatory (Jarnac Observatory) in Vail, Arizona[3]
6487 Tonyspear 1991 GA1 Tony Spear, American engineer, latterly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory*
6488 Drebach 1991 GU9 Volkssternwarte Drebach (Drebach Public Observatory and planetarium), Germany
6489 Golevka 1991 JX Goldstone Observatory/Evpatoria/Kashima
6493 Cathybennett 1992 CA *
6496 Kazuko 1992 UG2 Kazuko Ōtsuka, Japanese*
6497 Yamasaki 1992 UR3 Masamitsu Yamasaki, Japanese astronomer
6498 Ko 1992 UJ4 Ko Nagasawa, worker at the University of Tokyo's Earthquake Research Institute and the Public Information Office at the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan.
6499 Michiko 1992 UV6 Michiko Hirasawa, wife of one of discoverers.
6500 Kodaira 1993 ET Keiichi Kodaira, Japanese astronomer
Preceded by
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 6,001–7,000
Succeeded by


  1. ^ a b "The USNO Asteroid Connection". The USNO Transit 1 (2). April–May 2009. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 
  2. ^ Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society, Vol. 28 (1996), pp. 1450–1451
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