Meanings of minor planet names: 46001–47000

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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.

Minor planets not yet given a name have not been included in this list.

Name Provisional Designation Source of Name
46053 Davidpatterson 2001 DB77 David Patterson, American amateur astronomer, founding member of the Huachuca Astronomy Club
46095 Frédérickoby 2001 ER25 Frédéric-Édouard Koby, Swiss ophthalmologist and paleontologist, specialist on the cave bear
46277 Jeffhall 2001 JH7 Jeffrey C. Hall, director of Lowell Observatory
46280 Hollar 2001 KD18 Václav Hollar, 17th-century Czech painter and graphic artist
46392 Bertola 2002 AO6 Francesco Bertola, Italian author, professor of astrophysics and director of the astronomy department at Padua University
46441 Mikepenston 2002 LE30 Michael Penston, British astronomer
46442 Keithtritton 2002 LK35 Keith P. Tritton, British astronomer; the discoverers recently found his lost short-period comet D/1978 C1, now known as 157P/Tritton
46513 Ampzing 1972 FC Samuel Ampzing, Dutch minister, poet and purist
46514 Lasswitz 1977 JA Kurd Lasswitz, German philosopher and poet
46539 Viktortikhonov 1982 UE12 Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov (1930-2014), an outstanding Soviet ice hockey player and coach.
46563 Oken 1991 RY3 Lorenz Oken, German professor of medicine and Romantic natural philosopher, founder of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (Society of German Naturalists and Physicians)
46568 Stevenlee 1991 SL Steven Lee, Australian astronomer, discoverer of comet C/1999 H1 (Lee)
46580 Ryouichiirie 1992 GC Ryouichi Irie (b. 1949), a Japanese amateur astronomer in Toyooka city, Hyogo prefecture, and an independent discoverer of C/1988 P1 (Machholz).
46595 Kita-Kyushu 1992 YB4 Kita-Kyushu, a city in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
46596 Tobata 1993 BD Tobata, a ward of Kita-Kyushu City in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan
46610 Bésixdouze 1993 TQ1 The number 46610 translates to the hexadecimal B612 (the French "bé-six-douze" stands for "b-six-twelve"), the designation of the fictitious minor planet on which Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince lived
46632 RISE 1994 TN15 The RISE (Research of Interior Structure and Evolution of solar system bodies) project of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan aims to elucidate the origin and evolution of the Moon, planets and their moons mainly through geodetic approaches by space missions.
46643 Yanase 1995 KM Takashi Yanase, Japanese cartoonist
46644 Lagia 1995 OF Livia "Lagia" Giacomini, Italian scientific journalist and astrophysicist
46669 Wangyongzhi 1996 LK Wang Yongzhi, Chinese aerospace expert which was the first chief architect of China's manned space flight
46689 Hakuryuko 1997 AL19 Hakuryuko is the name of the marsh located in the northeastern part of Akayu hot spring, Nanyo city, Yamagata.
46692 Taormina 1997 CW1 Taormina, Sicily
46702 Linapucci 1997 DX Lina Pucci, mother of the first discoverer
46719 Plantade 1997 PJ François de Plantade, French cartographer and astronomer, founder of the Société royale des sciences de Montpellier (Royal Society of Sciences of Montpellier)
46720 Pierostroppa 1997 PO4 Piero Stroppa, Italian physics teacher and astronomy populariser, who worked for the magazine Nuovo Orione
46722 Ireneadler 1997 RA1 Irene Adler, heroine of the Sherlock Holmes story A Scandal in Bohemia
46731 Prieurblanc 1997 TB18 Pierre Prieur-Blanc, one of the three people involved in the construction of the Observatoire de Paris' coronagraphic station on Pic de Château-Renard at Saint-Véran in the Hautes-Alpes
46737 Anpanman 1997 VO Anpanman, Takashi Yanase's cartoon hero, whose head is a bun filled with sweet bean jam
46793 Phinney 1998 JP Jeffrey L. Phinney, American astronomer
46829 McMahon 1998 OS14 Jay W. McMahon (b. 1982) has carried out fundamental research on the dynamics and evolutionary behavior of binary asteroids. His work has laid the foundation for a rigorous understanding of the Binary YORP effect and the determination of material parameters of binary asteroids based on remote observations.
46977 Krakow 1998 SE144 Krakow, Poland


  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: 46,001–47,000
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