Meanings of minor planet names: 370,001–380,000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
372,001–373,000 [edit]
372024 Ayapani 2008 QA3 Ayapani is the local name for the beautiful feathers of the crested serpent eagles, when they are adults and fly away at New Year.
372573 Pietromenga 2009 UW59 Pietro Menga (b. 1943), active on a voluntary basis in environmental policies, has contributed to Italian initiatives on sustainable energy use and on the protection of the night sky.
372578 Khromov 2009 UB92 Gavriil Sergeevich Khromov (1937-2014), a Russian astronomer and organizer of science.
372626 IGEM 2009 VQ57 IGEM is an abbreviation for the Institute of Ore Geology, Petrography, Mineralogy and Geochemistry within the Russian Academy of Sciences.
375,001–376,000 [edit]
375043 Zengweizhou 2007 JV22 Zeng Wei-Zhou (1988–2015), a Chinese amateur astronomer.
375832 Yurijmedvedev 2009 UH92 Yurij Dmitrievich Medvedev (b. 1955), the head of the Solar System Small Bodies Laboratory of the Institute of Applied Astronomy of the Russian Academy of Sciences.
376,001–377,000 [edit]
376029 Blahová 2010 CX11 Blahová, a small Slovak village
376084 Annettepeter 2010 VW20 Annette Peter (b. 1971), the discoverer’s wife.
376574 Michalkusiak 2013 PA16 Michal Kusiak (b. 1986), an extraordinary popularizer of astronomy in Poland.
376694 Kassák 2013 QL79 Lajos Kassák (1887-1967), a Hungarian poet, novelist, painter, essayist, editor and occasional translator.
378,001–379,000 [edit]
378204 Bettyhesser 2006 YF49 Betty Hinsdale Hesser (b. 1938), passionately curious about, and gifted in languages, music and science, generously shares in an easily accessible manner her extensive knowledge, particularly about astronomy and reptiles, with people of all ages to address common misunderstandings and stimulate broader comprehension of nature.
378214 Sauron 2007 AP11 Sauron is a fictional character in J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy novel The Lord of the Rings. He created the One Ring to rule the rings of power. Due to Sauron’s war-like nature, a Mars-crossing minor planet was chosen to receive his name.
378669 Rivas 2008 HO4 Marc Rivas (b. 1942), a French amateur astronomer.
378721 Thizy 2008 QP14 Olivier Thizy (b. 1966), a French engineer.
378917 Stefankarge 2008 UP91 Stefan Karge (b. 1963), an amateur astronomer.
379,001–380,000 [edit]
379155 Volkerheinrich 2009 QR6 Volker Heinrich (b. 1962), an amateur astronomer.
379173 Gamaovalia 2009 RA2 Named after the three sisters Galina (b. 1935), Mariya (b. 1940), Oktyabrina (b. 1938) and two brothers Vassiliy (b. 1944) and Lev (b. 1947) of astronomer Klim Churyumov, co-discoverer of comet 67P, the main target of the Rosetta spacecraft.


  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: 370,001–371,000
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