Meanings of minor planet names: 47001–48000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
47002 Harlingten 1998 UQ2 Caisey Harlingten, Chilean amateur astronomer
47005 Chengmaolan 1998 UP8 Maolan Cheng, Chinese first director of the Beijing Astronomical Observatory, Chinese Academy of Sciences
47038 Majoni 1998 WQ2 Vittore Majoni, Italian electrical engineer, secondary education teacher, and amateur astronomer, charter member of the Associazione Astronomica Cortina (Astronomy Association of Cortina d´Ampezzo), and director of the Osservatorio Astronomico del Col Drusciè (Astronomical Observatory of Col Drusciè)
47044 Mcpainter 1998 WS7 John D. McClusky, 20th-century American painter, founder of the Fredericksburg Art Guild (Fredericksburg, Texas, is near the discovery site)
47077 Yuji 1998 YC1 Yuji Nakamura, Japanese amateur astronomer and chemical engineer, discoverer of comet C/1990 E1 and re-discoverer of comet 122P/de Vico
47086 Shinseiko 1999 AO3 Shinseiko, Kanagawa prefecture, youngest natural lake of Japan, formed as a result of the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1923
47144 Faulkes 1999 PY Martin C. "Dill" Faulkes, British cosmologist and software tycoon, founder of the Dill Faulkes Educational Trust and the Faulkes Telescope Project
47162 Chicomendez 1999 TH6 Chico Mendez, Brazilian seringueiro who fought against environmental pollution of the Amazon forest, recipient of the 1987 Global 500 prize from the United Nations Environment Programme
47164 Ticino 1999 TX13 Ticino, a canton of Switzerland, where the Gnosca Observatory (the discovery site) is located
47293 Masamitsu 1999 WO Masamitsu Nakamura, Japanese amateur astronomer and medical technologist, co-discoverer of comet C/1994 N1 (Nakamura-Nishimura-Machholz)
47294 Blanský les 1999 WM1 Blanský les (Blanský Forest), south Bohemia, dominated by Kleť Mountain
47494 Gerhardangl 2000 AH42 Gerhard Dangl, Austrian amateur astronomer and teacher
47835 Stevecoe 2000 EK116 Steve Coe, an amateur astronomer with the Saguaro Astronomical Society, in Phoenix, Arizona


  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: 47,001–48,000
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