Meanings of minor planet names: 120,001–130,000

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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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
120,001–121,000 [edit]
120038 Franlainsher 2003 BR1 Frances Fisher, former wife of the discoverer, and her sister, Elaine Fisher
120040 Pagliarini 2003 BF5 Silvano Pagliarini, Italian amateur astronomer, builder of the public amateur observatory "Padre Angelo Secchi" in Castelnovo Sotto
120074 Bass 2003 EA Harry Bass (b. 1935) graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Medical School in 1960. In 1977, he joined the Staff of Memorial Medical Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico, established a private practice, and is a highly respected physician by both his peers and his patients.
120103 Dolero 2003 FW6 Dominique Lherault, maiden name of the discoverer's wife
120120 Kankelborg 2003 FM84 Charles Kankelborg, American astrophysicist
120141 Lucaslara 2003 GO21 Lucas Lara Garrido, Spanish astrophysicist
120174 Jeffjenny 2003 KM3 Jeffrey and Jennifer, son and daughter of the discoverer
120299 Billlynch 2004 JL28 Bill Lynch (b. 1962) has worked tirelessly for many years assisting amateur and professional astronomers with their CCD cameras and related equipment.
120347 Salacia 2004 SB60 Salacia, Roman goddess of salt water, Neptune’s wife.
120349 Kalas 2004 XC42 John and Elizabeth Kalas are active in proselytizing the night sky at public events
120361 Guido 2005 NZ Ernesto Guido, Italian amateur astronomer, discoverer of several minor planets
120375 Kugel 2005 PB6 François Kugel, comet observer
120405 Svyatylivka 2005 SQ4 Svyatylivka, Ukraine, one of the headquarters of the Cossack army since the 17th century
120460 Hambach 1990 TD7 The Hambach Festival of 1832, held in the Maxburg castle above the village of Hambach, Germany, where some 30 000 liberals and democrats demonstrated in favour of a free and united Germany
120481 Johannwalter 1992 SP17 Johann Walter, 16th-century German cantor, director of the Saxon court orchestra, who wrote the melody of the hymn Each morning with its newborn light
120569 Huangrunqian 1995 FU20 Huang Runqian, Chinese astrophysicist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences
120735 Ogawakiyoshi 1997 TD11 Kiyoshi Ogawa, member of Matsue Astronomy Club
120942 Rendafuzhong 1998 TB18 Rendafuzhong is the high school affiliated with Renmin University, located in Beijing Zhongguancun Technology Park
121,001–122,000 [edit]
121016 Christopharnold 1999 BW3 Christoph Arnold, German amateur astronomer
121019 Minodamato 1999 BO7 Mino Damato, the first to present astronomy and astrophysics on Italian television
121022 Galliano 1999 BR13 Richard Galliano (b. 1950), a French accordionist.
121089 Vyšší Brod 1999 FH21 The monastery of Vyšší Brod (Hohenfurth), founded by the Rozmberks near this market town in 1259
121103 Ericneilsen 1999 FX73 Eric Neilsen, American astronomer
121232 Zerin 1999 RK35 ZERIN (Zentrum für Rieskrater- und Impaktforschung Nördlingen, "Center for Ries Crater and Impact Studies Nördlingen"), a scientific institute for impact research and, in particular, documentation of the Nördlinger Ries Crater
121313 Tamsin 1999 RF214 Frank Tamsin, Belgian amateur astronomer, editor of the Belgian astronomical magazine Heelal since 1998 and secretary general of the Vereniging Voor Sterrenkunde (VVS, Flemish Amateur Astronomers Association) and the Volkssterrenwacht vzw Beisbroek/Observatoire de Beisbroek (Public Observatory Beisbroek) in Bruges
121817 Szatmáry 2000 AP246 Károly Szatmáry, Hungarian astronomer
121865 Dauvergne 2000 CT80 Jean Luc Dauvergne, French scientific journalist
122,001–123,000 [edit]
There are as yet no named minor planets in this span of numbers.
123,001–124,000 [edit]
123120 Peternewman 2000 SQ372 Peter R. Newman, British astronomer
123290 Manoa 2000 UH100 Manoa valley, on the island of Oahu, where the University of Hawai'i was founded in 1907 (the provisional designation's subscript stands for the university's centennial celebration of 2007)
123647 Tomáško 2000 YG66 Tomáš Kušnirák (b. 2002), the only child of the discoverers.
123818 Helenzier 2001 BC75 Helen Zier, American amateur astronomer, birder and volunteer in several scientific research programs
123852 Jánboďa 2001 CM37 Ján Boda, Slovak geophysicist and senior lecturer at the Comenius University in Bratislava
123860 Davederrick 2001 DX David Derrick, American educator, who built a private planetarium, space museum and observatory
124,001–125,000 [edit]
124075 Ketelsen 2001 GT1 Dean Ketelsen, American optician and amateur astronomer
124104 Balcony 2001 HJ46 Balcony is the nickname of Francis Faux, a French amateur astronomer
124143 Joséluiscorral 2001 ME5 José Luis Corral Berruezo (b. 1967) worked from 1999 until 2014 as a chef at the Spanish Calar Alto Observatory. Through his culinary skills he contributed significantly to the well-being of his fellow colleagues, visiting astronomers, and the discoverers of this asteroid. He and his food are dearly missed.
124192 Moletai 2001 OM65 Molėtai, Lithuania, home of the Molėtų astronomijos observatorija
124844 Hirotamasao 2001 TF15 Masao Hirota, Japanese amateur astronomer and popularizer of astronomy
125,001–126,000 [edit]
125071 Lugosi 2001 TX242 Béla Lugosi, early 20th-century Hungarian actor best known for his portrayal of Count Dracula in the Broadway stage production (1927) and subsequent film (1931) of Bram Stoker's classic vampire story
125076 Michelmayor 2001 UD6 Michel Mayor (b. 1942) is a Swiss astrophysicist at Geneva University.
125473 Keisaku 2001 WP14 Keisaku Ninomiya, a medical doctor who studied Western medicine and pharmaceutics under the German doctor P. F. von Siebold in Nagasaki
125476 Frangarcia 2001 WE16 Francisco Garcia, Spain amateur astronomer
125592 Buthiers 2001 XO33 Observatoire de Buthiers, the discovery site
125718 Jemasalomon 2001 XH105 Jean-Marc Salomon, French amateur astronomer; the 0.6-m telescope with which this minor planet was discovered is also named in his honour
126,001–127,000 [edit]
126160 Fabienkuntz 2002 AF Fabien Kuntz (b. 1983), a French meteorite hunter and popular science writer from Besançon.
126245 Kandókálmán 2002 AY66 Kálmán Kandó, 19th-20th-century Hungarian engineer, one of the creators of the electric railway (the discovery occurred on his 133rd birth anniversary)
126315 Bláthy 2002 AH130 Ottó Bláthy, Hungarian electrical engineer
126444 Wylie 2002 CF16 Wylie Erwin Reeves, 20th-century American historian and high-school teacher
126445 Prestonreeves 2002 CH16 W. Preston Reeves, American chemistry professor emeritus at Texas Lutheran University
126578 Suhhosoo 2002 CK116 Master Ho Soo Suh, 18th-century Korean scientist
126748 Mariegerbet 2002 DP Marie Gerbet (b. 1989), a French meteorite hunter.
126749 Johnjones 2002 DQ1 John Jones, American astronomy popularizer, president of the Chicago Astronomical Society and general chairman of Astrofest
127,001–128,000 [edit]
127005 Pratchett 2002 GY1 Terry Pratchett, popular English author
127196 Hanaceplechová 2002 HH Hana Ceplechová, served as a secretary in the Interplanetary Matter Department of the Ondrejov Observatory for three decades
127515 Nitta 2002 TY306 Atsuko Nitta, Japanese-American astronomer
127516 Oravetz 2002 TT307 Daniel Oravetz, American astronomer
127517 Kaikepan 2002 TJ371 Kaike Pan, Chinese-American astronomer
127545 Crisman 2002 XZ91 James Crisman, president of the Astronomy Club of Sun City West (Arizona) in 1986 and for 13 years
127689 Doncapone 2003 EE17 Don Giuseppe Capone, rector of the diocesan Seminar of Alatri since 1956
127870 Vigo 2003 FE123 Vigo, Galicia, Spain, the first discoverer's birthplace
128,001–129,000 [edit]
128036 Rafaelnadal 2003 KM18 Rafael Nadal, Spanish tennis player
128054 Eranyavneh 2003 MR9 Eran Yavneh, Israeli student, dead of cancer at age 27 (and probably a friend of the discoverer)
128062 Szrogh 2003 NW5 György Szrogh, Hungarian architect and professor of the Hungarian University of Arts and Design
128065 Bartbenjamin 2003 OK Bart Benjamin, American curator at the Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences in Peoria, Illinois, later director of the Cernan Earth and Space Center at Triton College in west suburban Chicago, and member of the Peoria (Illinois) Astronomical Society
128166 Carora 2003 QQ105 Carora, Venezuela
128177 Griffioen 2003 RA11 Roger Griffioen, American former dean and physics department chair of Calvin College
128297 Ashlevi 2003 XD11 Ashlie Philpott and Levi Lemley, grandchildren of the discoverer
128474 Arbacia 2004 PD1 Patricio Dominguez Ärbaciä(1964–2013), professor of paleontology at the Complutense University of Madrid.
128523 Johnmuir 2004 PX42 John Muir, Scottish-American conservationist
128562 Murdin 2004 PM90 Paul Geoffrey Murdin (born 1942) held senior positions at the Royal Greenwich Observatory and other major institutions, and was a vice president and treasurer of the International Astronomical Union
128586 Jeremias 2004 QW Jeremias Ries, godchild of the discoverer
128622 Rudiš 2004 RU Viktor Rudiš, Czech architect
128627 Ottmarsheim 2004 RM8 Ottmarsheim, Alsace, France
128633 Queyras 2004 RF12 Queyras, a valley of the French Alps
128895 Bright Spring 2004 TW Bright Spring, the title of an essay by Summer Vigil, a second-grade student in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the fictitious discovery of a new major planet
128925 Conwell 2004 TJ70 James Conwell, professor at Eastern Illinois University since 1985, and the director of the Eastern Illinois University observatory since founding it in 2004
129,001–130,000 [edit]
129078 Animoo 2004 VL65 Animoo, title of artistic work by Laurent "Lillo" Steidle, Swiss geologist and painter
129092 Snowdonia 2004 WB10 Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales
129099 Spoelhof 2004 XU3 William Spoelhof, American president of Calvin College
129101 Geoffcollyer 2004 XF6 Geoff Collyer, Canadian computer scientist
129137 Hippolochos 2005 AP27 Hippolochos, son of Antimachos, a Trojan warrior killed by Agamemnon
129234 Silly 2005 PS5 Didier Silly, French optician and amateur astronomer, friend of the discoverer
129259 Tapolca 2005 QD75 Tapolca, Hungary, birthplace of the second discoverer
129342 Ependes 2005 VA4 Ependes, Fribourg, Switzerland
129561 Chuhachi 1997 CS21 Chuhachi Ninomiya, the first Japanese to fly a propeller-driven model aircraft
129564 Christy 1997 ER40 James Walter Christy, American astronomer, discoverer of Charon [1]
129595 Vand 1997 VD Vladimír Vand, 20th-century Czech astronomer and molecular spectroscopist
129882 Ustica 1999 TO Ustica, a volcanic island 70 km north of Palermo, Sicily, famous for being the first Marine Protected Area in Italy (1986).


  1. ^ "The USNO Asteroid Connection" (PDF). The USNO Transit 1 (2). April–May 2009. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 

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Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 120,001–121,000
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