Meanings of minor planet names: 126001–127000

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As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC), 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 number-range that have received names, and explains the meanings of those names.

Official naming citations of newly named small Solar System bodies are published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars several times a year.[1] Recent citations can also be found on the JPL Small-Body Database (SBDB).[2] Until his death in 2016, German astronomer Lutz D. Schmadel compiled these citations into the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (DMP) and regularly updated the collection.[3][4] Based on Paul Herget's The Names of the Minor Planets,[5] Schmadel also researched the unclear origin of numerous asteroids, most of which had been named prior to World War II.  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "SBDB". New namings may only be added after official publication as the preannouncement of names is condemned by the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature.[6]

126001–126100[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
There are no named minor planets in this number range

126101–126200[edit]

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126160 Fabienkuntz 2002 AF Fabien Kuntz (born 1983), a French meteorite hunter and popular science writer from Besançon. JPL · 126160

126201–126300[edit]

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126245 Kandókálmán 2002 AY66 Kálmán Kandó (1869–1931), Hungarian engineer, one of the creators of the electric railway (the discovery occurred on his 133rd birth anniversary) JPL · 126245

126301–126400[edit]

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126315 Bláthy 2002 AH130 Ottó Bláthy (1860–1939), Hungarian electrical engineer JPL · 126315

126401–126500[edit]

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126444 Wylie 2002 CF16 Wylie Erwin Reeves (1967–2006), American historian and high-school teacher JPL · 126444
126445 Prestonreeves 2002 CH16 W. Preston Reeves (born 1935), American chemistry professor emeritus at Texas Lutheran University JPL · 126445

126501–126600[edit]

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126578 Suhhosoo 2002 CK116 Ho Soo Suh (1736–1799), Korean scientist responsible for most of the astronomical and arithmetical projects JPL · 126578

126601–126700[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

126701–126800[edit]

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126748 Mariegerbet 2002 DP Marie Gerbet (born 1989), a French meteorite hunter JPL · 126748
126749 Johnjones 2002 DQ1 John Jones (1927–2006), American astronomy popularizer, president of the Chicago Astronomical Society and general chairman of Astrofest JPL · 126749
126780 Ivovasiljev 2002 EP7 Ivo Vasiljev (born 1935) is a Czech linguist, translator, teacher and orientalist dealing with the Korean, Chinese, Japanese and Vietnamese languages. JPL · 126780

126801–126900[edit]

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126888 Tspitzer 2002 EO100 Thomas J. Spitzer (born 1957) was the Electrical Power Systems Engineer on more than a dozen Goddard missions, including the highly successful Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter that re-mapped the moon, as well as the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. JPL · 126888

126901–127000[edit]

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126901 Craigstevens 2002 EE110 Craig L. Stevens (born 1978) is the Project Verification Systems Engineer for the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission. Prior to serving in this role, he participated in the development of flight systems for several NASA missions including JWST, MESSENGER, GPM, New Horizons, LRO, LADEE and Landsat 8. JPL · 126901
126905 Junetveekrem 2002 EF112 June Tveekrem (born 1960) contributed to the OSIRIS-REx asteroid sample-return mission as an optical engineer. As an expert in optical modeling and analysis, she performed stray light analyses for OVIRS and sun glint analyses for the overall OSIRIS-REx mission. JPL · 126905

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ "JPL – Solar System Dynamics: Discovery Circumstances". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2006). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names – Addendum to Fifth Edition: 2003–2005. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-34360-8. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ Herget, Paul (1968). The Names of the Minor Planets. Cincinnati, Ohio: Minor Planet Center, Cincinnati Observatory. OCLC 224288991.
  6. ^ "Guide to Minor Body Astrometry – When can I name my discovery?". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 20 July 2019.


Preceded by
125,001–126,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 126,001–127,000
Succeeded by
127,001–128,000

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