Meanings of minor planet names: 185001–186000

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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]

185001–185100[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
185020 Pratte 2006 QV33 John R. Pratte (born 1941) is an associate who has been instrumental in the construction of instrumentation at the U.S. Astronomical Research Observatory (H55) in Charleston, Illinois JPL · 185020
185039 Alessiapossenti 2006 QG137 Alessia Possenti (born 1972), daughter-in-law of Italian amateur astronomer Vincenzo Casulli who discovered this minor planet JPL · 185039

185101–185200[edit]

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
185150 Panevezys 2006 SP161 Panevezys, capital of the Aukstaitija region in North Lithuania JPL · 185150
185164 Ingeburgherz 2006 SL218 Ingeburg Herz (born 1920), co-owner of Tchibo and one of the most successful German entrepreneurs JPL · 185164

185201–185300[edit]

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
185216 Gueiren 2006 TA57 Gueiren (meaning all to be benevolent), is the earliest developed area in Taiwan JPL · 185216
185250 Korostyshiv 2006 UY62 Korostyshiv, an ancient city in Ukraine located on the Teteriv river JPL · 185250

185301–185400[edit]

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185321 Kammerlander 2006 VJ2 Hans Kammerlander (born 1956), an Italian mountaineer and explorer, who has climbed twelve of the world's fourteen 8000-m mountains. JPL · 185321
185325 Anupabhagwat 2006 VE14 Anupama Bhagwat (born 1974), an Indian sitar player and composer of Hindustani classical music JPL · 185325
185364 Sunweihsin 2006 VQ103 Wei-Hsin Sun (born 1957), director of National Museum of Natural Science in Taiwan JPL · 185364

185401–185500[edit]

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185448 Nomentum 2006 YK13 Mentana, an Italian town near Rome. The town's ancient name was "Nomentum", to which the Via Nomentana led from Rome. JPL · 185448

185501–185600[edit]

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
185535 Gangda 2007 WH56 GangDa, the Chinese abbreviation for the University of Hong Kong (Xiang Gang Da Xue), is the first and foremost tertiary institution in Hong Kong JPL · 185535
185538 Fangcheng 2007 XD28 Fang Cheng (born 1938), Chinese astrophysicist JPL · 185538
185546 Yushan 2007 YU31 Yu Shan (3,952 m), the highest mountain of Taiwan, located in the Jade Mountain Range JPL · 185546
185554 Bikushev 2008 AB5 Artyom Bikushev (1986–2008), a student at Kazan State University JPL · 185554
185560 Harrykroto 2008 AQ31 Harry Kroto (born 1939), an English chemist and Fellow of the Royal Society JPL · 185560
185576 Covichi 2008 BL15 Covadonga Lacruz Camblor (born 1990), daughter of Spanish astronomer Juan Lacruz who discovered this minor planet. "Covichi" is her nickname. JPL · 185576
185577 Hhaihao 2008 BA16 The Chinese city of Haikou (Hhaihao City), capital and most populous city of the province of Hainan MPC · 185577
185580 Andratx 2008 BV18 The Spanish village of Andratx, located in the west of the island of Mallorca MPC · 185580

185601–185700[edit]

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
185633 Rainbach 2008 DO The municipality of Rainbach, Austria, where the discovering Gaisberg Observatory (German: Sternwarte Gaisberg) is located JPL · 185633
185636 Shiao Lin 2008 DV40 Literally "Little Forest" in Mandarin Chinese, a village in Kaohsiung, Taiwan which was buried in a landslide caused by Typhoon Morakot on August 8, 2009 JPL · 185636
185638 Erwinschwab 2008 EU7 Erwin Schwab (born 1964), German amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 185638
185639 Rainerkling 2008 EH8 Rainer Kling (born 1952), German amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 185639
185640 Sunyisui 2008 EB34 Sun Yisui is an astronomer who has made contributions to both celestial mechanics and nonlinear dynamics. Elected an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 1997 JPL · 185640
185641 Judd 2008 EH69 Michele Judd (born 1965) was a senior engineer in the Jet Propulsion Laboratory Science Division 32 from 2003 to 2008 JPL · 185641

185701–185800[edit]

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
185733 Luigicolzani 1998 WW30 Luigi Colzani (1922–2015), an enthusiastic and helpful collaborator at Sormano Astronomical Observatory (587) in Italy JPL · 185733
185744 Hogan 1999 FK90 Craig Hogan (born 1955), an American astrophysicist with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 185744

185801–185900[edit]

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

185901–186000[edit]

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

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
184,001–185,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 185,001–186,000
Succeeded by
186,001–187,000