Meanings of minor planet names: 263001–264000

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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]

263001–263100[edit]

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

263101–263200[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

263201–263300[edit]

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263251 Pandabear 2008 AA119 The giant panda or "panda bear", an endangered species native in south central China JPL · 263251
263255 Jultayu 2008 BN14 Jultayu, a 1940-meter mountain in Asturias, northern Spain JPL · 263255

263301–263400[edit]

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263401–263500[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

263501–263600[edit]

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263516 Alexescu 2008 EW144 Matei Alexescu (1929–1993), a Romanian astronomer, director of the Urseanu Observatory in Bucharest and founder of the Planetarium in Bacău JPL · 263516

263601–263700[edit]

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263613 Enol 2008 GM1 Lake Enol, a mountain lake in the Picos de Europa of northern Spain JPL · 263613

263701–263800[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

263801–263900[edit]

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263844 Johnfarrell 2009 BV7 John Farrell (born 1935), an American physicist and an observer of comets and variable stars. He is a member of the Las Cumbres Observatory Global Telescope Network board of directors and Science Advisory Group. JPL · 263844

263901–264000[edit]

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263906 Yuanfengfang 2009 FS44 Yuan Fengfang (born 1986), founder of the Guangzhou Stargazers Association JPL · 263906
263932 Speyer 2009 HY44 Speyer, one of Germany's oldest cities, founded by the ancient Romans JPL · 263932
263940 Malyshkina 2009 HN58 Marina Evgen'evna Malyshkina (born 1978), wife of Russian discoverer Timur Valer'evič Krjačko JPL · 263940

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
262,001–263,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 263,001–264,000
Succeeded by
264,001–265,000