Meanings of minor planet names: 52001–53000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
52005 Maik 2002 CL13 Maik Meyer, German amateur astronomer
52008 Johnnaka 2002 EP111 John Yoshio Naka (1914–2004), the preeminent American bonsai master of the late 20th century. JPL
52030 Maxvasile 2002 PX33 Massimiliano Vasile (b. 1970) is a professor of Space Systems Engineering at the University of Strathclyde. He has developed innovative techniques for the design and optimization of space trajectories and is an astrodynamics expert. He is leader of the EuTN STARDUST project on asteroid and space debris monitoring and mitigation.. JPL
52057 Clarkhowell 2002 PS130 Francis Clark Howell (1925–2007), generally known as "F. Clark Howell", was an American anthropologist. 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
52225 Panchenko 1968 OF1 Vladislav Yakovlevich Panchenko, an authority in laser information technologies, scientific instrumentation technologies, non-linear optics and medical physics. JPL
52226 Saenredam 1974 PA Pieter Jansz Saenredam, Dutch Baroque-era painter and engraver JPL
52228 Protos 1977 RN Greek word for "first", the discoverer's first minor planet detection JPL
52231 Sitnik 1978 RX1 Grigorij Fedorovich Sitnik (1911–1996), professor of the Moscow State University. JPL
52242 Michelemaoret 1981 EX Michele Maoret (b. 1971), a mathematics teacher and president of the association of scientific education ’Luigi Lagrange’, which is involved in the teaching of physics, mathematics and astronomy. JPL
52246 Donaldjohanson 1981 EQ5 Donald Carl Johanson (b. 1943), an American paleoanthropologist. JPL
52266 Van Flandern 1986 AD Tom Van Flandern, astronomer and lunar occultations analylist at the U.S. Naval Observatory in the 1970s [4] JPL
52267 Rotarytorino 1986 EP2 The Rotary Club Torino, the third oldest Rotary Club in Italy and from its foundation in 1925 has contributed with its services to the development of science and technology, the most important enterprises in the Piedmont scientific and industrial area. JPL
52271 Lecorbusier 1988 RP3 Le Corbusier (Charles-Edouard Jeanneret), Swiss-French architect and city planner JPL
52285 Kakurinji 1990 OX2 Kakurinji, built by Prince Shotoku in AD 589, is a historically significant Buddhist temple complex in Kakogawa city, Hyogo prefecture. JPL
52291 Mott 1990 TU1 John R. Mott, American organizer of the modern ecumenical movement and Peace Prize Nobelist JPL
52292 Kamdzhalov 1990 TB2 Yordan Kamdzhalov, Bulgarian conductor. JPL
52293 Mommsen 1990 TQ3 Theodor Mommsen, German classical historian, epigraphist, and Nobelist JPL
52294 Detlef 1990 TJ4 Detlef Ninnemann (b. 1944), a German patent attorney and electrical engineer. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
52301 Qumran 1991 RQ2 Qumran, Palestine, where the Dead Sea Scrolls were found JPL
52308 Hanspeterröser 1991 TE3 Hans-Peter Röser (b. 1949), director of the Institute of Space Studies at the University of Stuttgart. JPL
52309 Philnicolai 1991 TQ7 Philipp Nicolai, German Lutheran pastor and poet, author of the hymns Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Wake, awake! for night is flying) and Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How brightly beams the morning star!) JPL
52316 Daveslater 1992 BD David C. Slater (1957-2011), a U.S. physicist with Southwest Research Institute. JPL
52334 Oberammergau 1992 FS3 Oberammergau, Bavaria, Germany, festival place of a famous Passion Play JPL
52337 Compton 1992 RS Arthur Holly Compton, American physicist and Nobelist JPL
52341 Ballmann 1992 SB2 Helga Ballmann (b. 1954), the personal assistant of the Director of the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Heidelberg. JPL
52344 Yehudimenuhin 1992 YM1 Yehudi Menuhin (1916-1999), an American-born violist and conductor, is considered as one of the greatest violists of the 20th century. JPL
52384 Elenapanko 1993 HZ5 Elena Alekseevna Panko (b. 1958), a Ukrainian astronomer at Nikolaev State University. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
52421 Daihoji 1994 LA Daihōji, north of Kumakōgen, Japan, 44th destination of the Shikoku Pilgrimage JPL
52422 LPL 1994 LP The University of Arizona's Lunar and Planetary Laboratory JPL
52455 Masamika 1995 AD1 Masa-aki Takanashi and his wife Mika, Japanese amateur astronomers JPL
52457 Enquist 1995 AE4 Anna Enquist (b. 1945), a Dutch author and poet, who studied psycho-analysis at Leiden and piano at the conservatory of Den Haag. JPL
52480 Enzomora 1995 UM5 Gian Vincenzo Mora, Italian amateur astronomer JPL
52500 Kanata 1996 DC1 KANATA, Japanese for "Far Away", name of the new 1.5-m telescope of Hiroshima University JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
52589 Montviloff 1997 PY3 Nicolas Montviloff, French co-founder of the Observatoire des Pises, and current president of the Société astronomique de Montpellier JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
52601 Iwayaji 1997 SJ16 Iwayaji, east of Kumakōgen, Japan, 45th destination of the Shikoku Pilgrimage JPL
52604 Thomayer 1997 TZ9 Josef Thomayer, Czech professor of internal medicine at the Charles University of Prague JPL
52649 Chrismith 1997 YX11 Christine Elizabeth Smith, American elementary school teacher JPL
52665 Brianmay 1998 BM30 Brian May, British astrophysicist, chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University, and lead guitarist and songwriter for the rock group Queen JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
52767 Ophelestes 1998 MW41 Ophelestes, a Trojan warrior, was killed by an arrow of Teucer, who was causing much havoc with his bow amongst the ranks of the Trojans. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
52872 Okyrhoe 1998 SG35 Okyrhoe, mythological daughter of Chiron and Chariklo JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
52975 Cyllarus 1998 TF35 Cyllarus, mythological centaur 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. 
  4. ^ "The USNO Asteroid Connection" (PDF). The USNO Transit. April–May 2009. Retrieved 2014-09-04. 

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