Meanings of minor planet names: 160,001–170,000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
160,001–161,000 [edit]
160001 Bakonybél 2006 GU31 The ancient village of Bakonybél (founded in 1018) is located in the heart of the High Bakony Landscape Protection Area
160013 Elbrus 1294 T-2 Mount Elbrus, the highest mountain of the Caucasus in Russia
160259 Mareike 2002 QH53 Mareike Hönig, mathematician
160493 Nantou 2007 CD13 Nantou County is located at the geographical center of Taiwan
160512 Franck-Hertz 1990 TE11 James Franck and Gustav Hertz received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925
160903 Shiokaze 2001 TO56 The Japan Railway's express train Shiokaze was inaugurated in 1972, connecting Uwajima with Takamatsu, Japan
161,001–162,000 [edit]
161092 Zsigmond 2002 OL28 Vilmos Zsigmond, Academy Award-winning Hungarian-American cinematographer
161207 Lidz 2002 TW305 Adam Lidz, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
161215 Loveday 2002 UL66 Jonathan Loveday, British astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
161278 Cesarmendoza 2003 FW128 Cesar Mendoza, Venezuelan astrophysicist
161315 de Shalit 2003 QS5 Amos de Shalit, Israeli nuclear physicist
161349 Mecsek 2003 SJ127 Mecsek is a mountain range in southern Hungary
161371 Bertrandou 2003 SO244 Bertrand Christophe, the discoverer's son, named for Bertrandou le Fifre, a character in Edmond Rostand's play Cyrano de Bergerac
161545 Ferrando 2004 XP16 Rafael Ferrando, Spanish astronomer, founder of the Observatorio Astronomico Pla D'Arguines (Pla D'Arguines Astronomical Observatory)
161546 Schneeweis 2004 XT16 LtCdr (USN) Scott Schneeweis, American early U.S. space program historian, webmaster of "Spaceaholic"
161693 Attilladanko 2006 HL46 Attilla Danko, Canadian software designer and amateur astronomer
161715 Wenchuan 2006 MZ12 In memory of the 90,000 people killed in the great Wenchuan earthquake of 2008 May 12
161962 Galchyn 2007 HE84 The village of Galchyn, northern part of it borders on Andrushivka, a district center in Ukraine
161975 Kincsem 2007 LO Kincsem was the most successful Thoroughbred race horse ever, having won 54 races for 54 starts
161989 Cacus 1978 CA Cacus, mythological fire-breathing monster, son of Vulcan, killed by Hercules
162,001–163,000 [edit]
162001 Vulpius 1990 TH9 Melchior Vulpius, 16th-17th-century German hymn composer and teacher
162011 Konnohmaru 1994 AB1 Konnohmaru is a legendary warrior of the Heiji Rebellion (1159)
162035 Jirotakahashi 1995 YW1 Jiro Takahashi, professor of science education at Ehime University
162158 Merrillhess 1999 CZ9 Merrill Hess (b. 1955), an amateur astronomer and has been President and Vice-President of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society many times.
162166 Mantsch 1999 FW82 Paul Mantsch, American particle and astro-particle physicist and one of the builders of the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
162173 Ryugu 1999 JU3 Ryugu, the undersea palace of the Dragon God. In a Japanese legend, a fisherman was rewarded with a visit to Ryugu and brought back a box with a secret. The spaceprobe Hayabusa 2 will visit this asteroid and bring back a capsule containing surface samples.
162466 Margon 2000 JA90 Bruce Margon, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
162755 Spacesora 2000 WA68 "Space Sora", the non-profit organization who has contributed to the popularization of science, especially astronomy, among children in Ehime prefecture, Japan, since 2008
162937 Prêtre 2001 PQ9 Heart surgeon René Prêtre (born 1957), voted Swiss of the Year in 2009, treats children in both Switzerland and Mozambique
163,001–164,000 [edit]
163119 Timmckay 2002 AO208 Tim McKay, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
163153 Takuyaonishi 2002 CO116 Takuya Onishi, Boeing 767 co-pilot for a Japanese airline
163470 Kenwallis 2002 RQ181 Ken Wallis (1916–2013), a British aviator and engineer.
163623 Miknaitis 2002 TR346 Gajus Miknaitis, American astrophysicist and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
163624 Moorthy 2002 TD366 Bhasker Moorthy, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
163625 Munn 2002 TU367 Jeff Munn, American astronomer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
163626 Glatfelter 2002 UV Pam Glatfelter, American Operational Site Manager for the NASA Table Mountain Facility
163639 Tomnash 2002 UN51 Thomas Nash, American physicist and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
163640 Newberg 2002 UB59 Heidi Jo Newberg, American astronomer who wrote Sloan Digital Sky Survey software
163641 Nichol 2002 UC68 Robert Nichol, British observational cosmologist and long-term contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
163693 Atira 2003 CP20 Atira, the Pawnee goddess of Earth and the evening star
163800 Richardnorton 2003 QS69 Richard Norton, author of many popular books and articles about meteorites
163819 Teleki 2003 RN8 Sámuel Teleki, 19th-20th-century Hungarian explorer, first to reach the snow-line on Mount Kilimanjaro, first to set foot on Mount Kenya, first European to see Lake Turkana (which he named Lake Rudolf)
164,001–165,000 [edit]
164006 Thierry 2003 UT185 Thierry Christophe, French entomologist and the discoverer's younger brother
164130 Jonckheere 2003 YY21 Robert Louis Charles Jonckheere, French amateur astronomer who observed visual double stars
164215 Doloreshill 2004 MF6 Dolores H. Hill, American meteoriticist
164268 Hajmási 2004 VV69 József Hajmási, Hungarian physicist, teacher and amateur astronomer
164518 Patoche 2006 HN18 Patrice "Patoche" Christophe, French architect and oldest brother of the discoverer
164585 Oenomaos 2007 ND2 King Oenomaus of Pisa was the son of Ares by Harpina and father of Hippodamia
164586 Arlette 2007 NL4 Arlette Naef, wife of the discoverer
164587 Taesch 2007 OS Paul Taesch initiated the discoverer into observing the night sky when she was a teenager
164589 La Sagra 2007 PC11 Sierra de La Sagra, highest mountain (2382 m) of the Cordillera Subbética mountain range of southern Spain, home of the discovery site, Observatorio Astronómico de La Sagra
164791 Nicinski 1999 FJ70 Tom Nicinski, American software engineer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
164792 Owen 1999 FD78 Russell Owen, American engineer and contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
165,001–166,000 [edit]
165067 Pauls 2000 ED207 A. Georg Pauls, engineer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
165192 Neugent 2000 QD235 Kathryn F. Neugent, research associate at Lowell Observatory and computer scientist at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory
165347 Philplait 2000 WG11 Phil Plait, American astronomer, educator and author
165574 Deidre 2001 DH105 Deidre Ann Hunter, astronomer at Lowell Observatory
165612 Stackpole 2001 FP86 Michael Stackpole, American science fiction author and science advocate
165659 Michaelhicks 2001 LZ6 Michael D. Hicks, scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory
166,001–167,000 [edit]
166229 Palanga 2002 FS16 Palanga is a seaside resort town in western Lithuania
166570 Adolfträger 2002 RG118 Adolf Träger, 19th-20th-century Czech landscape painter
166614 Zsazsa 2002 RG250 Zsa Zsa Gábor, Hungarian-American actress and socialite
166745 Pindor 2002 TV307 Bartosz Pindor, Canadian astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
166746 Marcpostman 2002 TY311 Marc Postman, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
166747 Gordonrichards 2002 TB316 Gordon Richards, American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
166748 Timrayschneider 2002 TW320 Donald Schneider, American astronomer and a Sloan Digital Sky Survey builder
166749 Sesar 2002 TV366 Branimir Sesar, Croatian-American astronomer and a contributor to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey
166886 Ybl 2002 YB3 Miklós Ybl, one of Hungary's most influential architects
166944 Seton 2003 HP53 Elizabeth Ann Bayley Seton (1774-1821), an educator, spiritual leader and saint.
167,001–168,000 [edit]
167018 Csontoscsaba 2003 QS29 Csaba Csontos (b. 1940), a Hungarian architect.
167113 Robertwick 2003 SW78 Bob Wick, American sculptor, co-chairman of Wick Communications, member of the Arizona Astronomy Board, and light pollution advocate
167208 Lelekovice 2003 UN7 Lelekovice, Czech Republic, birthplace of the second discoverer, on the occasion of the 720th anniversary of the founding of the village
167341 Börzsöny 2003 VG Börzsöny, a mountain range in northern Hungary.
167748 Markkelly 2004 XB42 Mark Kelly, an astronaut who has flown on four NASA shuttle missions
167852 Maturana 2005 DM Angelica Maturana is a dear friend of the first discoverer
167875 Kromminga 2005 EV29 Albion Kromminga was a physics professor at Calvin College from 1965 until retiring in 1996
167960 Rudzikas 2005 EV249 Zenonas Rokus Rudzikas, president of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences
168,001–169,000 [edit]
168126 Chengbruce 2006 GK Bruce C. H. Cheng, Taiwanese ecological entrepreneur, chairman and CEO of Delta Electronics, Inc.
168261 Puglia 2006 PW3 Puglia, a region situated at the south-eastern tip of the Italian peninsula
168321 Josephschmidt 1991 RJ3 Joseph Schmidt, an operatic tenor who performed in the world's top concert halls
168358 Casca 1996 DF2 This minor planet is named in honor of the Canadian Astronomical Society, or Société Canadienne d´Astronomie
168698 Robpickman 2000 GX140 Robert D. Pickman, now retired, worked as an engineer for IBM and also for NASA developing ground-based systems to support the space shuttle
169,001–170,000 [edit]
169078 Chuckshaw 2001 HD14 Charles "Chuck" Shaw, the mission director for NASA's Hubble Space Telescope rescue mission STS-125.
169568 Baranauskas 2002 FN6 Antanas Baranauskas (1835–1902), a Roman Catholic bishop, mathematician and poet who wrote one of the greatest works in Lithuanian literature, Anyksciu silelis (The Forest of Anyksciai).
169834 Hujie 2002 QX95 Hu Jie is the newly-wedded wife of Tao Chen, who discovered this minor planet


  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: 160,001–161,000
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