Meanings of minor planet names: 50001–51000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
50033 Perelman 2000 AF48 Grigorij (Grisha) Yakovlevich Perelman, Russian mathematician
50240 Cortina 2000 BY3 Cortina d'Ampezzo, holiday resort in the Dolomites, Italy, host to the 1956 Winter Olympics, near which the Osservatorio Astronomico del Col Drusciè (Col Drusciè Astronomical Observatory) is located
50250 Daveharrington 2000 BW22 David L. Harrington (born 1939) is a retired automobile engineer.
50251 Iorg 2000 BY22 Caroll Iorg (b. 1946), a most enthusiastic amateur astronomer having been President of the Astronomical League (2010-2014) and currently serving as Media Officer.
50412 Ewen 2000 DG1 Harry Ewen, Canadian amateur astronomer
50413 Petrginz 2000 DQ1 Petr Ginz, Czech-Jewish boy who edited Vedem, a secret magazine, in the Terezín ghetto during World War II
50687 Paultemple 2000 EC117 Paul Temple, pastor and amateur astronomer in Deming, New Mexico
50768 Ianwessen 2000 FW2 Ian Remington Wessen (born 1992) has excelled as an honor student in high school, spent two summers learning the Russian language and six weeks working for the Europa Jupiter System Mission team
50866 Davidesprizzi 2000 GX3 Davide Sprizzi (b. 2013), the son of the discoverer’s daughter.


  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: 50,001–51,000
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