Meanings of minor planet names: 39001–40000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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.


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
There are no named minor planets in this number range


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39184 Willgrundy 2000 WG166 William ("Will") M. Grundy, astronomer at Lowell Observatory JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
There are no named minor planets in this number range


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39314 Moritakumi 2001 UH5 Takumi Mori (1936-2015) worked in the Japan Coast Guard for many years, undertaking research in positional astronomy and geodetic observations. He also made efforts towards the establishment of the Kansai Branch of the Japan Spaceguard Association. JPL
39335 Caccin 2002 AR12 Bruno Caccin, Italian astronomer JPL
39336 Mariacapria 2002 AA13 Maria Teresa Capria, Italian astronomer JPL
39382 Opportunity 2696 P-L Opportunity, Mars Exploration Rover B JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39405 Mosigkau 1063 T-1 Mosigkau castle, near Dessau, Germany, a relic of the Rococo period, built between 1752 and 1757 as a summer residence for Princess Anna Wilhelmine von Anhalt-Dessau JPL
39415 Janeausten 4231 T-1 Jane Austen, English novelist JPL
39420 Elizabethgaskell 2084 T-2 Elizabeth Gaskell (1810–1865) was a 19th-century English novelist, best known for her 1853 novel Cranford. JPL
39427 Charlottebrontë 3360 T-2 Charlotte Brontë, English novelist and poet, best known for Jane Eyre JPL
39428 Emilybrontë 4169 T-2 Emily Brontë, English novelist and poet, who wrote only one novel, Wuthering Heights JPL
39429 Annebrontë 4223 T-2 Anne Brontë, English novelist and poet, best known for The Tenant of Wildfell Hall JPL
39463 Phyleus 1973 SZ Phyleus, son of King Augeas of Elis, and father of Meges, who led the contingent from Dulichium to the Trojan War JPL
39464 Pöppelmann 1973 UO5 Matthäus Daniel Pöppelmann, 17th-century German architect JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39509 Kardashev 1981 US11 Nikolai Kardashev (born 1932), director of the Astrospace Center of the Lebedev Physical Institute. JPL
39516 Lusigny 1987 OO Lusigny (sur Barse) is a small French village near the Lac d´Orient in Aube. JPL
39529 Vatnajökull 1989 VJ1 Vatnajökull (Glacier of Lakes), the largest glacier in Iceland. JPL
39536 Lenhof 1990 TA11 Helmut Lenhof, a retired professor of physics. He was one of the founders of the Carinthian Astronomical Association in Klagenfurt, Austria. JPL
39539 Emmadesmet 1991 GU4 Emma de Smet (2005) is the second granddaughter of the discoverer, and daughter of Mayré and Robby. JPL
39540 Borchert 1991 GF11 Wolfgang Borchert, German poet and writer JPL
39543 Aubriet 1991 PX7 Claude Aubriet, French painter JPL
39549 Casals 1992 DP13 Pablo Casals, Spanish (Catalan)-American cellist, composer and conductor JPL
39557 Gielgud 1992 JG John Gielgud, British actor JPL
39558 Kishine 1992 KC Junichiro Kishine, Japanese theoretical physicist and amateur astronomer JPL
39564 Tarsia 1992 RT5 Rodrigo Dias Tarsia, Brazilian astrophysicist and retired professor at the Federal University in Belo Horizonte JPL
39566 Carllewis 1992 SQ1 Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis, former American track and field athlete JPL
39571 Pückler 1992 SN24 Herman Graf von Pückler, German landscaper and writer JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39635 Kusatao 1994 YL Kusatao Nakamura, Chinese-born Japanese Haiku poet JPL
39645 Davelharris 1995 QC10 David Lowell Harris, 20th-century American astronomer, member of the "pre-LINEAR" observing team at Socorro during 1995–1996 JPL
39653 Carnera 1995 UC Luigi Carnera (1875-1962) began his career as Max Wolf's assistant at the Heidelberg Observatory, Germany, where he discovered sixteen new asteroids in 1901/02. Later, he taught astronomy in Genoa and was director of Trieste and Naples Observatories. JPL
39655 Muneharuasada 1995 UM3 Muneharu Asada (born 1961), a member of the Yamagata Astronomical Society. JPL
39677 Anagaribaldi 1996 EG Ana Maria de Jesus Ribeiro da Silva di Garibaldi (Anita Garibaldi), Brazilian-born heroine of the Italian resurgence and wife of Giuseppe Garibaldi JPL
39678 Ammannito 1996 LQ1 Eleonora Ammannito, Italian astronomer and space scientist JPL
39679 Nukuhiyama 1996 OD3 Nukuhiyama, a mountain which is located in the west of the discoverer's home town, Shirataka, Yamagata prefecture. JPL
39686 Takeshihara 1996 PT9 Takeshi Hara, a member of the Yamagata Astronomical Society in 2009 and actively popularizes astronomy. JPL
39699 Ernestocorte 1996 TF8 Ernesto Corte, American entrepreneur, founder of Gamma-Metrics, pioneer in the application of radiation physics to elemental analysis of materials JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39712 Ehimedaigaku 1996 TJ54 39712 Ehimedaigaku Discovered 1996 Oct. 14 by T. Seki at Geisei. Ehimedaigaku (Ehime University) is a Japanese national university. Its Research Center for Space and Cosmic Evolution has conducted various deep surveys of the universe and has discovered very high-redshift galaxies.JPL
39726 Hideyukitezuka 1996 VL38 Hideyuki Tezuka, a member of the Nanyo Astronomical Lovers Club. JPL
39741 Komm 1997 AT6 Rudolf Walter Komm, American helioseismologist JPL
39748 Guccini 1997 BJ3 Francesco Guccini, Italian folk composer and singer JPL
39791 Jameshesser 1997 PH4 James E. Hesser, Canadian astronomer JPL
39799 Hadano 1997 UO1 Hadano, Kanagawa, Japan, where the Hadano Astronomical Observatory is located JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39809 Fukuchan 1997 WB30 Fukuchan, cartoon character created by Ryuichi Yokoyama JPL
39849 Giampieri 1998 CF2 Giuliano Giampieri, friend of the first discoverer JPL
39854 Gabriopiola 1998 DB3 Gabrio Piola Daverio (1794-1850), an Italian mathematician and physicist. JPL
39864 Poggiali 1998 DH20 Maurizio Poggiali, poet, aircraft navigator and aerospace engineer JPL
39880 Dobšinský 1998 ER9 Pavol Emanuel Dobsinský, a Lutheran pastor, folklorist, literary historian, editor and translator JPL
39882 Edgarmitchell 1998 EM11 Edgar Mitchell (1930-2016), an American naval officer, aviator and NASA astronaut, who was the sixth man to walk on the Moon. JPL
39890 Bobstephens 1998 FA3 Robert Stephens, American amateur astronomer JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
39930 Kalauch 1998 FR74 Klaus-Dieter Kalauch, German amateur astronomer and teacher of astronomy, inspiration for the discoverer JPL
39971 József 1998 GN10 Attila József, Hungarian poet JPL


  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: 39,001–40,000
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