Meanings of minor planet names: 53001–54000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
53029 Wodetzky 1998 WY6 József Wodetzky, Hungarian astronomer and mathematician
53093 La Orotava 1998 YO12 La Orotava, Tenerife Island
53157 Akaishidake 1999 CP Akaishidake Mountain, Shizuoka, Japan
53159 Mysliveček 1999 CN3 Josef Mysliveček, Czech composer
53252 Sardegna 1999 EY4 Sardinia, in Italian
53256 Sinitiere 1999 FD Robert Sinitiere (b. 1950), an amateur astronomer and pharmacist.
53285 Mojmír 1999 FM53 Mojmír, 9th-century Moravian prince
53311 Deucalion 1999 HU11 Deucalion, the Ancient Greek mythological Adam
53316 Michielford 1999 JY3 Michiel Ford, American amateur astronomer, recipient of a Milken National Educator Award
53468 Varros 2000 AC2 George Varros, amateur astronomer
53629 Andrewpotter 2000 CJ112 Andrew E. Potter (b. 1926) is a space scientist who discovered the sodium and potassium components of the atmospheres of both Mercury and the moon.
53910 Jánfischer 2000 GF4 Ján Fischer, Slovak theoretical physicist


  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: 53,001–54,000
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