Meanings of minor planet names: 77001–78000
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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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|
|77136 Mendillo||2001 DP106||Michael Mendillo, American professor of astronomy and electrical engineering at Boston University †|
|77138 Puiching||2001 EN||Pui Ching Middle School, Hong Kong †|
|77185 Cherryh||2001 FE9||C. J. Cherryh, American science fiction and fantasy writer †|
|77318 Danieltsui||2001 FL86||Daniel Chee Tsui, Chinese-American physicist and Nobelist, a graduate of Pui Ching Middle School in Hong Kong (see 77138) †|
|77441 Jouve||2001 HU||Jacques Jouve, French astronomer(?), involved in the construction of the Paris Observatory's station near Saint-Véran †|
|77696 Patriciann||2001 OT2||Patricia Ann (McLarty) Clingan, wife of the discoverer †|
|77621 Koten||2001 KZ41||Pavel Koten (b. 1972), a staff astronomer at the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. †|
|77755 Delémont||2001 PW13||Delémont, Switzerland, where the Jurassien-Vicques Observatory is situated †|
|77856 Noblitt||2001 RN63||Niles Noblitt, American member of the board of trustees of the Rose-Hulman Institute and loyal supporter of the Rose-Hulman Oakley Observatory (where this minor planet was discovered) †|
|77870 MOTESS||2001 SM||Moving Object and Transient Event Search System†|
|Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 77,001–78,000