Meanings of minor planet names: 68001–69000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
68001–68100
68021 Taiki 2000 YU17 Taiki Town, located in the eastern part of Hokkaido, is a beautiful town blessed with clear streams and a large park filled with wild flowers on its shore.[MPC 85017]
68101–68200
68109 Naomipasachoff 2000 YH135 Naomi Pasachoff, American scientific biographer and amateur astronomer
68144 Mizser 2001 AW38 Attila Mizser, one of the leaders of Hungarian amateur astronomy, editor-in-chief of Meteor
68201–68300
68218 Nealgalt 2001 CO31 Neal Galt, American amateur astronomer and newspaper columnist
68301–68400
68325 Begues 2001 HO16 Observatorio de Begues (a.k.a. "Observatori Astronòmic de Begues" in Catalan), an amateur observatory operated by Pepe Manteca in Barcelona (Catalonia), Spain
68401–68500
68410 Nichols 2001 QB154 Nichelle Nichols, American author and actress, best known for her role as Lt. Nyota Uhura in the Star Trek series
68448 Sidneywolff 2001 SW4 Sidney C. Wolff, American director of Kitt Peak National Observatory (1984–1987) and the National Optical Astronomy Observatory (1987–2001), president of the American Astronomical Society (1992–1994) and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific (1985–1986), and a founding editor of the Astronomy Education Review
68701–68800
68718 Safi 2002 DQ Safi, Morocco, birthplace of the discoverer's wife
68719 Jangyeongsil 2002 DW Jang Yeongsil, fifteenth century Korean scientist (after whom the JangYeongSil Award, an annual Korean new technology product award, is also named)
68730 Straizys 2002 EA13 Vytautas Straižys, Lithuanian astronomer
68779 Schöninger 2002 FA3 Schöninger (a.k.a. Šenýgl), 17th-19th-century German name of Kleť mountain, meaning "a place with a beautiful view"
68801–68900
68853 Vaimaca 2002 HA9 Vaimaca, one of the four "last charrás", native Uruguayans sold by the state to be exhibited in France in 1833; he had been a chief and served as a soldier in the army of the Uruguayan national hero José Artigas
68901–69000
68947 Brunofunk 2002 PW156 Bruno Funk, German amateur astronomer and founder and president of the Sternfreunde Donzdorf, an organisation of amateur astronomers in Donzdorf, and founder of the amateur observatory there, the Messelberg-Sternwarte (Messelberg Observatory) +
68948 Mikeoates 2002 PX157 Michael Oates, British amateur astronomer, SOHO comet hunter
Preceded by
67,001–68,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 68,001–69,000
Succeeded by
69,001–70,000