Meanings of minor planet names: 79001–80000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
79001–79100
79086 Gorgasali 1977 RD King Vakhtang Gorgasali of Kartli (Iberia), 5th-century founder of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia
79087 Scheidt 1977 UM2 Samuel Scheidt, German organist and composer (as were his brothers Gottfried and Christian), who was born and died in the discoverer's home town, Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
79101–79200
79129 Robkoldewey 1990 TX11 Robert Koldewey, German architect and archaeologist
79130 Bandanomori 1990 UC2 Mount Bandanomori (769 m), in Suzaki city, Kochi prefecture, Japan
79144 Cervantes 1992 CM3 Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish novelist, best known for Don Quijote
79149 Kajigamori 1992 UR4 Mount Kajigamori (1400 m), in Otoyo town, Kochi prefecture, Japan, site of Kajigamori Observatory
79201–79300
79254 Tsuda 1994 YJ Tsunemi Tsuda, the "Blazing Closer", Japanese baseball player for the Hiroshima Toyo Carp
79271 Bellagio 1995 SJ5 Bellagio, Italy, a resort town on Lake Como, a few kilometers north of the Osservatorio Astronomico Sormano (Sormano Astronomical Observatory)
79301–79400
79333 Yusaku 1996 TN6 Yusaku Matsuda, 20th-century Japanese television and film actor
79353 Andrewalday 1997 AF16 Andrew Alday, American member of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) team
79354 Brundibár 1997 BB Brundibár is a children’s opera by Jewish Czech composer Hans Krása and librettist Adolf Hoffmeister, originally performed by the children of Theresienstadt ghetto for Jews in 1943. The name comes from a Czech word for a bumble-bee.
79360 Sila-Nunam 1997 CS29 Sila is the Inuit god of the sky, weather, and life force. Nunam is the Earth goddess, Sila's wife.
79375 Valetti 1997 FA Alvero Valetti, Italian mathematician and physicist
79401–79500
79418 Zhangjiajie 1997 LO Zhangjiajie, Hunan province, China, one of eight UNESCO-listed Chinese geoparks
79601–79700
79641 Daniloceirani 1998 SY2 Danilo Ceirani (b. 1964) is an industrial chemist and Italian history writer, who has published several books on Roman history, Napoleon and World War II.
79801–79900
79864 Pirituba 1998 XG96 Pirituba, a neighborhood in São Paulo, Brazil. Its name derives from the Tupi language words "piri" (a type of marshland plant) and "tuba" (meaning "many").
79889 Maloka 1999 AJ35 The Maloka Interactive Center of Science and Technology, an interactive science museum in Bogota, Colombia.
79896 Billhaley 1999 BH5 Bill Haley, American rock-and-roll pioneer
79900 Coreglia 1999 BH8 An ancient medieval town situated in the Valley of the Serchio River in the heart of Tuscany, Coreglia is considered one of the most beautiful villages of Italy and is known throughout the world for its artistic production of plaster figurines.
79901–80000
79912 Terrell 1999 CC3 Dirk Terrell, American astronomer, author and astronomical artist
Preceded by
78,001–79,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 79,001–80,000
Succeeded by
80,001–81,000