Meanings of minor planet names: 88001–89000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
88001–88100
88071 Taniguchijiro 2000 VO59 Taniguchi Jiro, a comics artist who was awarded the French ministry of Culture's Chevalier de l´Ordre des arts et des Lettres in 2011.
88201–88300
88260 Insubria 2001 HE23 Regio Insubria, the old Latin name of western Lombardia, northern Italy, home of the discovery site
88292 Bora-Bora 2001 NL6 Bora Bora, French Polynesia
88297 Huikilolani 2001 NP14 "Hui Kilolani", the Hawaiian Astronomical Society's Hawaiian name (meaning "club of sky watchers")
88401–88500
88470 Joaquinescrig 2001 QB111 Joaquín Escrig Ferrando, cousin and friend of the discoverer
88601–88700
88611 Teharonhiawako 2001 QT297 Teharonhiawako, son of the granddaughter of the Great Spirit creation god, in the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) creation myth, and his twin brother Sawiskera ((88611) Teharonhiawako I Sawiskera)
88701–88800
88705 Potato 2001 SV The potato, on the occasion of the United Nations' International Year of the Potato (2008), and because many minor planets are believed to be shaped like potatoes
88795 Morvan 2001 SW115 Morvan massif, the northern part of the Massif Central of France
88801–88900
88874 Wongshingsheuk 2001 SV264 Wong Shing Sheuk (born 1951) began teaching in 1974. From 1988 to his retirement in 2011, he was the principal of Po Leung Kuk Leung Chow Shan Primary School P.M. He believed that astronomy could inspire a student's interest in science and he put tremendous effort into astronomy education.
88875 Posky 2001 SB265 Named after the Hong Kong Po Leung Kuk Education Department for their efforts over the past seven years in supporting student exploration of the sky.
88901–89000
88906 Moutier 2001 TT1 Moutier, Jura Bernois, Switzerland
88961 Valpertile 2001 TH47 Valerio Pertile, Italian astronomical technician
Preceded by
87,001–88,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 88,001–89,000
Succeeded by
89,001–90,000