Meanings of minor planet names: 150,001–160,000

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This is a partial list of meanings of minor planet names. See meanings of minor planet names for a list of all such partial lists.

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 number-range 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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative. Meanings marked with an asterisk (*) are guesswork, and should be checked against the mentioned sources to ensure that the identification is correct.

Minor planets not yet given a name have not been included in this list.

Name Provisional Designation Source of Name
150,001–151,000 [edit]
150035 Williamson 2005 WO Bruce Williamson, American senior technician and precision machinist at the NASA Table Mountain Facility
150129 Besshi 1994 VK7 Besshi Dozan, one of the richest copper mines in Japan
150145 Uvic 1996 BH1 The University of Victoria ("UVic"), British Columbia, Canada, home to the Climenhaga Observatory, the discovery site
150520 Dong 2000 RF107 Feng Dong, Chinese-American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
151,001–152,000 [edit]
151242 Hajós 2002 AH11 Alfréd Hajós, Hungarian swimmer and architect
151362 Chenkegong 2002 CP313 Chen Kegong, grandfather of the discoverer
151430 Nemunas 2002 FC14 Nemunas River, the largest river in Lithuania
151590 Fan 2002 UR58 Xiaohui Fan, Chinese-American astronomer and builder of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
151657 Finkbeiner 2002 XV115 Douglas Finkbeiner, American astrophysicist
151659 Egerszegi 2002 YF3 Krisztina Egerszegi, Hungarian swimmer
151697 Paolobattaini 2003 AF84 Paolo Battaini (1955–2013), a talented amateur astronomer at the Schiaparelli Observatory in Varese and a gifted popularizer, especially on the human and scientific legacy of Giovanni Virginio Schiaparelli, and the exploration of Mars.
151834 Mongkut 2003 FB122 King Mongkut (or Rama IV, 1804–1868) was the monarch of Siam from 1851 to 1868. He embraced Western innovations and initiated the modernization of Siam, both in technology and culture, earning him the nickname “The Father of Science and Technology”. [MPC 89835]
151997 Bauhinia 2004 JL1 Bauhinia blakeana (the Hong Kong orchid tree), the Hong Kong City Flower
152,001–153,000 [edit]
152146 Rosenlappin 2005 LJ15 Gary Rosenbaum and Terri Lappin have organized observing and outreach activities within the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association for several decades
152188 Morricone 2005 QP51 Ennio Morricone, prolific Italian film composer
152217 Akosipov 2005 RR22 Alexandr Kuzmich Osipov, 20th-century research worker at the Astronomical Observatory of Kiev University
152226 Saracole 2005 SD3 Sara Loraine Cole, American biologist and animal behaviorist
152227 Argoli 2005 SO4 Andrea Argoli, 16th-17th-century Paduan astronomer, mathematician and physician
152233 Van Till 2005 SL19 Howard J. Van Till, physics professor at Calvin College from 1965 until 1997
152299 Vanautgaerden 2005 TQ50 Jan Vanautgaerden (b. 1978), a passionate Belgian amateur astronomer.
152319 Pynchon 2005 UH7 Thomas R. Pynchon, Jr. (b. 1937), an American novelist.
152454 Darnyi 2005 VS2 Tamás Darnyi, Hungarian swimmer
152481 Stabia 2005 WY57 Castellammare di Stabia, a city in southern Italy.
152533 Aggas 2007 AL26 Steven Aggas, American engineer in Arizona
152559 Bodelschwingh 1990 TM13 Friedrich von Bodelschwingh, Senior, 19th-century German founder of the Bodelschwinghsche Anstalten Bethel charitable foundations
152641 Fredreed 1997 RJ3 Frederick Reed, grandfather of the first discoverer
152647 Rinako 1997 UF15 Rinako Asami, daughter of the discoverer
152657 Yukifumi 1997 XO2 Yukifumi Murakami, Japanese javelin thrower
152750 Brloh 1999 BL5 The pleasant village of Brloh, originally belonging to the Rosenbergs, is situated right in the heart of the Blanský les Protected Landscape Area
152985 Kenkellermann 2000 GS182 Kenneth Irwin Kellermann (b. 1937), a radio astronomer at the (U.S.) National Radio Astronomy Observatory.
153,001–154,000 [edit]
153078 Giovale 2000 QW245 John P. Giovale, chairman of the Lowell Observatory Advisory Board during 2001–2007
153284 Frieman 2001 DU109 Joshua Frieman, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
153289 Rebeccawatson 2001 FB10 Rebecca Watson, American radio, blog, and Internet (The Skeptics' Guide to the Universe) science advocate
153298 Paulmyers 2001 FC122 Paul Zachary "PZ" Myers, American associate professor of biology and public educator, author of the blog Pharyngula
153333 Jeanhugues 2001 OR50 Jean-Hugues Blanc, French member of the Société astronomique de Montpellier (Astronomical Society of Montpellier), who observes at the discovery site
153686 Pathall 2001 TZ242 Patrick Hall, Canadian-American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
154,001–155,000 [edit]
154004 Haolei 2002 AW205 Lei Hao, Chinese astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
154005 Hughharris 2002 AU206 Hugh Harris, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
154006 Suzannehawley 2002 AD207 Suzanne Hawley, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
154141 Kertész 2002 EJ160 André Kertész, Hungarian photographer
154378 Hennessy 2002 XR115 Gregory Hennessy, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
154493 Portisch 2003 FU6 Lajos Portisch (b. 1937), a Hungarian chess Grandmaster.
154660 Kavelaars 2004 FX29 John J. ("JJ") Kavelaars, Canadian astronomer
154714 de Schepper 2004 LU5 Mieke de Schepper was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1987 and died fighting against the disease
154865 Stefanheutz 2004 RO84 Stefan Heutz, German jurist and amateur astrophotographer
154902 Davidtoth 2004 RU247 David Toth, Canadian Emergency Room physician, private pilot and radio operator
154932 Sviderskiene 2004 TB21 Zinaida Sviderskiene, Lithuanian astronomer
154938 Besserman 2004 TX49 Lawrence Besserman, specialist in medieval and early modern periods of English Literature at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
154991 Vinciguerra 2005 BX26 Lucia Vinciguerra, dear friend of the first discoverer
155,001–156,000 [edit]
155083 Banneker 2005 SE134 Benjamin Banneker, freeborn African-American farmer, clockmaker, writer and scientist
155116 Verkhivnya 2005 TJ49 Verkhivnya, Ukraine, where is the estate of countess Evelina Hańska, wife to the 18th-century French novelist Honoré de Balzac, who wrote La Marâtre, Les Paysans and part of La Comédie humaine here
155138 Pucinskas 2005 TM169 Aloyzas Pucinskas, associate professor at the Astronomical Observatory of Vilnius University
155142 Tenagra 2005 UD4 Tenagra, mythical island mentioned ("Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra") in the Darmok episode of Star Trek - The Next Generation, and the namesake of the discovery site
155290 Anniegrauer 2005 XJ40 Patricia Ann ("Annie") Purnell Grauer, American photographer, cook, homemaker, writer and a student of the night sky
155438 Velásquez 1998 DV Diego Velásquez, the most famous Spanish painter
155948 Maquet 2001 QA73 Lucie Maquet, studies cometary non-gravitational forces at IMCCE, Observatoire de Paris
156,001–157,000 [edit]
156542 Hogg 2002 CM314 David W. Hogg, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey.
156631 Margitan 2002 JM8 In multiple managerial roles and as an atmospheric research scientist, James Margitan (b. 1951) set the standard for scientific and strategic leadership in the JPL Science Division from 1981 to 2016.
156879 Eloïs 2003 EQ1 Eloïs Hernandez, son of Anne Véronique and Michel Hernandez, the latter being one of the discoverers
156880 Bernardtregon 2003 ES1 Bernard Tregon, French amateur astronomer
156939 Odegard 2003 FB120 John D. Odegard, an aviation visionary who started the flight-training program at the University of North Dakota in 1968
156990 Claerbout 2003 KX18 Jon Claerbout, prolific contributor to the theory and art of exploration seismology
157,001–158,000 [edit]
157015 Walterstraube 2003 QL47 Johann Walter Straube (b. 1937), a founding father of astronomy in Namibia.
157020 Fert oszentmiklos 2003 QV68 Fert\H oszentmiklós is a small city in Gy\H or-Moson-Sopron county, Hungary, and the birthplace of the second discoverer
157064 Sedona 2003 SQ216 Sedona is a city located in northern Arizona, known mainly for scenic beauty of its red sandstone formations at the south end of the Oak Creek Canyon.
157141 Sopron 2004 PO1 Sopron, Hungary, birthplace of the second discoverer
157194 Saddlemyer 2004 QR16 Leslie K. Saddlemyer, Canadian systems engineer at the Herzberg Institute of Astrophysics, National Research Council of Canada, project manager for the Gemini Planetary Imager
157258 Leach 2004 RL165 Sidney ("Sid") Leach and Gloria Leach have spread their enthusiasm for astronomy around young people for years in schools and public events
157271 Gurtovenko 2004 RK222 Ernest Andriyovych Gurtovenko (1928-1994), a Ukrainian astronomer and he was the founder of the Kyiv school of the solar spectrography.
157301 Loreena 2004 SE20 Loreena McKennitt, Canadian singer, composer and instrumentalist
157332 Lynette 2004 TL20 Donna Lynette Wells, American wife of the discoverer
157421 Carolpercy 2004 TX299 Carol Percy, Canadian professor of English
157456 Pivatte 2004 WT2 "Pivatte" is the name of the discoverer's house, built in the Swiss city of Delémont
157473 Emuno 2005 QH "Em Uno", Spanish spelling of M1, a group of Spanish amateur astronomers
157491 Rüdigerkollar 2005 RD22 Rüdiger Kollar, 20th-century German astronomer, founder and later director of the Sternwarte "Adolph Diesterweg" Radebeul (Radebeul Public Observatory), the discovery site
157494 Durham 2005 RK28 Steve Durham and his wife Marge have worked tirelessly to promote astronomy to people living in the Adirondack Mountains
157534 Siauliai 2005 TZ49 Siauliai, one of the largest towns in Lithuania
157640 Baumeler 2005 XS80 Martin Baumeler, Swiss artisan who helped with the Observatoire Robert-A. Naef, the discovery site
157747 Mandryka 2006 CS9 Nikita Mandryka, Tunisian-French cartoonist, creator of the Concombre masqué
158,001–159,000 [edit]
158092 Frasercain 2000 WM68 Fraser Cain, Canadian engineer, book and magazine author, and publisher of Universe Today
158222 Manicolas 2001 SP169 Marie-Annick Nicolas, Swiss violinist, born in Le Creusot, the discovery site
158241 Yutonagatomo 2001 TF14 Yuto Nagatomo, football player for the J-League's Tokyo Football Club
158329 Stevekent 2001 VJ127 Stephen Kent, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
158520 Ricardoferreira 2002 FR1 Ricardo Ferreira, Brazilian physicochemist
158589 Snodgrass 2002 MQ4 Colin Snodgrass, astronomer at the European Southern Observatory
158623 Perali 2003 BS4 Mirella Perali, Italian amateur astronomer, author of several biographies of scientists and essays on the interplay between astronomy and classical literature
158657 Célian 2003 EF Célian Hernandez (b. 2010), the second son of Anne-Véronique and Michel Hernandez, one of the St. Véran observers.
158899 Malloryvale 2004 QO Mallory Vale was a Table Mountain Observatory trained summer employee in 2004
158913 Kreider 2004 RC25 Christian Kreider, French amateur astronomer
159,001–160,000 [edit]
159011 Radomyshl 2004 TX13 Radomyshl, Ukraine
159013 Kyleturner 2004 TC21 In memory of Kyle Walter Turner, of Missouri City, TX
159164 La Cañada 2005 JC22 Observatorio de La Cañada (La Cañada Observatory), Ávila, Spain, the discovery site
159181 Berdychiv 2005 US12 Berdychiv, second most populous city in the Zhytomyr region in the northwest of Ukraine.
159215 Apan 2005 WS59 APAN, Associazione Provinciale Astrofili Novaresi, the Italian amateur astronomical association that oversees the Osservatorio Astronomico di Suno, the discovery site
159351 Leonpascal 2007 EB10 Leon Pascal Kocher, grandchild of the discoverer
159409 Ratte 1999 OJ Hyacinthe de Ratte, 18th-century French astronomer
159629 Brunszvik 2002 BT31 Countess Teréz Brunszvik, the founder of the first nursery school in Hungary
159743 Kluk 2003 FW1 Kluk, Czech hill near Kleť mountain, peak of the second ridge of the Blanský les massif
159776 Eduardoröhl 2003 JR17 Eduardo Röhl, Venezuelan scientist, humanist and entrepreneur
159778 Bobshelton 2003 MZ1 Robert Shelton, nineteenth president of the University of Arizona, chaired the Keck Telescope Board from 1997 to 2000, important contributor to the success of the SOAR Telescope in Chile and the Southern African Large Telescope (SALT) facility in South Africa
159799 Kralice 2003 RF14 Kralice nad Oslavou village is known for the printing house of the Unity of the Brethren (1578–1620)
159814 Saguaro 2003 SS217 The Saguaro National Park located in a desert landscape to the east and west of Tucson protects the majestic giant saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) as well as other cacti. The giant saguaro is the supreme symbol of the American Southwest.
159826 Knapp 2003 SF331 Gillian (Jill) Knapp, Anglo-American astronomer and a Founding Mother of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
159827 Keithmullen 2003 TD2 Keith Mullen, American vice president of the Huachuca Astronomy Club of Sierra Vista, Arizona (see also 133753 Teresamullen)
159865 Silvialonso 2004 PX66 Silvia Alonso Perez, teacher of astrometry to many Spanish amateur astronomers
159974 Badacsony 2006 BD141 Badacsony is the name of a region on the north shore of Lake Balaton in western Hungary


  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 

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Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 150,001–151,000
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