Meanings of minor planet names: 270,001–280,000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
270,001–271,000 [edit]
270373 William 2002 AE3 William Edmonds' (b. 1945) work as a software engineer at NASA was integral to the Agency's profound impact on humankind's understanding of the Earth's environment and stands in the greatest tradition of scientific efforts to better our place in the universe.
270472 Csörgei 2002 CS316 Tibor Csörgei (b. 1972), a Slovak amateur astronomer and a keen observer of meteors, comets and asteroids.
270553 Loureed 2002 GG178 Lewis Allan (Lou) Reed (1942-2013), an American musician, singer and songwriter.
270601 Frauenstein 2002 NN57 Frauenstein, a small city on the crest of the Erzgebirge Mountains in Saxony, Germany.
271,001–272,000 [edit]
271009 Reitterferenc 2002 YE3 Ferenc Reitter (1813-1874), a Hungarian architect and engineer.
271235 Bellay 2003 UX17 Joachim du Bellay (1522–1560), a French poet.
271763 Hebrewu 2004 SO26 The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, often abbreviated as Hebrew U, is one of the top research universities in the world.
272,001–273,000 [edit]
272746 Paoladiomede 2005 YA129 Paola Diomede (born 1968), the wife of the discoverer.
273,001–274,000 [edit]
273230 de Bruyn 2006 JU72 John Roy de Bruyn (b. 1958) is a Canadian physicist working on experimental condensed-matter physics, with emphasis on soft materials, the physics of biological systems, and the dynamics of systems driven out of equilibrium.
273262 Cottam 2006 KJ142 Michael Gordon Cottam (b. 1945), an English-Canadian physicist.
273273 Piwowarski 2006 OR9 Marcin Piwowarski (1984–2007), a computer consultant, specializing in flight simulators.
273836 Hoijyusek 2007 GZ27 Hoi Jyu Sek (Haizhushi), "the Rock of the Pearl in Sea", was a large rock in the Pearl River that had been treated as an icon of Guangzhou (Canton) for many centuries.
273987 Greggwade 2007 LQ30 GreggWade (b. 1971), a Canadian astrophysicist.
274,001–275,000 [edit]
274020 Skywalker 2007 RW15 Skywalker is the family name of the fictional characters Luke and Anakin in the Star Wars universe.
274084 Baldone 2008 AU101 Baldone, a city in the southwest of Riga.
274137 Angelaglinos 2008 FC6 Angela Glinos (born 1962), Canadian computer scientist.
274213 Satriani 2008 JA6 Descended from Italian immigrants, Joseph "Joe" Satriani (b. 1956), aka Satch, was born in Westbury, New York. He was recruited by Mick Jagger and then toured with Deep Purple as the lead guitarist. He is considered to be a highly technical rock guitarist and has been referred to as a top guitar virtuoso.
274300 UNESCO 2008 QG24 The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), a specialized agency of the United Nations.
274301 Wikipedia 2008 QH24 Wikipedia is a free, copyleft, collaboratively edited online encyclopedia launched in 2001.
274333 Voznyukigor 2008 RT21 Igor Mykolayovych Voznyuk (b. 1964), a graduate of the Faculty of Physical Department of the Kyiv University, is an optician by profession.
274334 Kyivplaniy 2008 RP22 Kyiv Planetarium, one of the leading cultural and educational centers of Ukraine to promote astronomy.
274810 Fedáksári 2008 YP25 Sári Fedák (1879–1955), a Hungarian actress and singer, one of the most well known prima donnas of her time.
274843 Mykhailopetrenko 2009 QF30 Mykhailo Mykolayovych Petrenko (1817-1862), a Ukrainian poet.
274856 Rosendosalvado 2009 RQ5 Bishop Rosendo Salvado founded the Benedictine community in New Norcia, Western Australia in 1847, with a strong heritage in education of local Aboriginal people. New Norcia is now home to one of the European Space Agency’s 35-m deep space antennas, built specifically to communicate with the Rosetta cometary mission.
274860 Emilylakdawalla 2009 RE26 Emily Lakdawalla (b. 1975), an American planetary geologist.
274981 Petrsu 2009 TV2 Petrozavodsk State University.
275,001–276,000 [edit]
275106 Sarahdubeyjames 2009 VP42 Sarah Jane Dubey-James (born 1977), the second daughter of the discoverer.
275264 Krisztike 2010 AB4 Kristina Kürtiova (born 1995), a daughter of the discoverer.
275786 Bouley 2001 QX72 Sylvain Bouley (born 1982), a planetary geologist who studies impact cratering.
275962 Chalverat 2001 WU5 Joseph Chalverat (b. 1950), the second curator of the Jura natural science museum in Porrentruy from 1999 to 2008.
276,001–277,000 [edit]
276681 Loremaes 2003 YT24 Lore Maes (born 2008) is the goddaughter of Jeroen Maes, friend of the discoverers.
276781 Montchaibeux 2004 JW16 Montchaibeux, a small mountain in the Swiss Jura.
276975 Heller 2004 VU69 Heller László (1907-1980), a Hungarian professor and mechanical engineer.
277,001–278,000 [edit]
277106 Forgó 2005 GY Forgó László (1907-1985), a Hungarian mechanical engineer and inventor.
277816 Varese 2006 GL Varese is "the city of gardens", in a lake district with beautiful landscapes on the border of the Italian Alps.
277883 Basu 2006 JA69 Shantanu Basu (b. 1964), an American astrophysicist.
278,001–279,000 [edit]
278197 Touvron 2007 EL12 Guy Touvron (b. 1950), a French Classical trumpet player and music teacher.
278200 Olegpopov 2007 EV26 Oleg Konstantinovich Popov (born 1930) is a famous Russian circus artist.
278384 Mudanjiang 2007 MV20 Mudanjiang, a city in the northernmost Heilongjiang Province in China.
278447 Saviano 2007 TH Roberto Saviano (born 1979), a writer and journalist.
278513 Schwope 2008 CE120 Axel Schwope (born 1959), a German astronomer at the Leibniz Institute for Astrophysics in Potsdam.
278591 Salò 2008 NZ3 The city of Salò is a historic town in northern Italy on the western bank of Lake Garda.
278609 Avrudenko 2008 PP17 Anatoliy Viktorovych Rudenko (b. 1955), an Ukrainian scientist and surgeon.
278986 Chenshuchu 2008 UQ205 Chen Shu-chu is a vegetable vendor and philanthropist from Taitung in Eastern Taiwan.
279,001–280,000 [edit]
279119 Khamatova 2009 OY1 Chulpan Nailevna Khamatova (born 1975), a famous Russian theater and film actress.
279226 Demisroussos 2009 UR103 Artemios (Demis) Ventouris Roussos (b. 1946), a Greek singer and performer.
279274 Shurpakov 2009 WL8 Sergey Eduardovich Shurpakov (born 1966), an amateur astronomer and ICQ Coordinator for Belarus who has observed comets since 1986.
279377 Lechmankiewicz 2010 CH1 Lech Mankiewicz (born 1960), a director of the Center for Theoretical Physics of the Polish Academy of Science in Warsaw.
279410 McCallon 2010 EF144 Howard McCallon (b. 1945), an American engineer.


  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: 270,001–271,000
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