Meanings of minor planet names: 343001–344000

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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. Meanings marked with * are from legacy sources may not be accurate.  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "SBDB".

343001–343100[edit]

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343057 Lucaravenni 2009 CB20 Luca Ravenni (1968–2015) was a software analyst and an amateur astronomer. In 1997 he graduated in Mathematics with a thesis on gravity-assisted trajectories for space missions. He collaborated with the Torre Luciana Observatory. Name suggested by the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Siena. JPL · 343057

343101–343200[edit]

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343157 Mindaugas 2009 HH68 Mindaugas (1200–1263), the first known Grand Duke of Lithuania and the King of Lithuania. JPL · 343157

343201–343300[edit]

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343230 Corsini 2009 WZ105 Enrico Maria Corsini (born 1969) is an astronomer and professor of astrophysics at Padua University in Italy. JPL · 343230

343301–343400[edit]

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343322 Tomskuniver 2010 CK Tomsk State University is a recognized center of education and science. Founded on 1878 May 28 by a decree of Russian Emperor Alexander II, it was the first university in the Asian part of Russia. JPL · 343322

343401–343500[edit]

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343444 Halluzinelle 2010 EW20 "Analoge Halluzinelle", a fictional female robot hologram in the satirical German science fiction TV-series Ijon Tichy: Space Pilot. The role is played by the actress Nora Tschirner. The story is based on The Star Diaries by Stanisław Lem. JPL · 343444

343501–343600[edit]

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343587 Mamuna 2010 GQ23 Nikolai Vladimirovich Mamuna (1956–2016) was an astronomer, teacher and leading lecturer of the Moscow Planetarium. He was artistic director of the Maximachev Planetarium, the author of a number of books and many journal publications, a science fiction writer, a radio and a TV host. JPL · 343587

343601–343700[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

343701–343800[edit]

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343743 Kjurkchieva 2011 FY16 Diana Kjurkchieva (born 1952) is a Professor in Astronomy at the University of Shumen, Bulgaria and current President of the Bulgarian Astronomical Union. She works on the observation and modeling of variable stars, exoplanets and is the leading popularizer of astronomy science in Bulgaria. Name suggested by S. Ibryamov. JPL · 343743

343801–343900[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

343901–344000[edit]

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344000 Astropolis 2011 QQ45 The Kiev Club Astropolis, the largest association of amateur astronomers in the Ukraine JPL · 344000

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.


Preceded by
342,001–343,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 343,001–344,000
Succeeded by
344,001–345,000