Meanings of minor planet names: 54001–55000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
54237 Hiroshimanabe 2000 JD18 Hiroshi Manabe, Japanese illustrator
54288 Daikikawasaki 2000 JV53 Daiki Kawasaki (b. 1996), the discoverer’s oldest grandchild.
54362 Restitutum 2000 KP38 Latin term for "something that has been replaced or restored to its former place"; this minor planet was originally lost soon after discovery, then found again
54411 Bobestelle 2000 LH10 George Robert ("Bob") Stetson and Estelle Marie Ives, the discoverer's parents
54439 Topeka 2000 MG3 Topeka, Kansas
54509 YORP 2000 PH5 YORP effect
54522 Menaechmus 2000 QS1 Menaechmus, 4th-century B.C. Greek mathematician, credited with the discovery of the conic sections
54598 Bienor 2000 QC243 Bienor, mythological centaur that attended Pirithous' wedding, fought in the ensuing battle against the Lapiths, and was killed by Theseus
54693 Garymyers 2001 FM6 Gary Myers, American amateur astronomer, member of the Huachuca Astronomy Club
54810 Molleigh 2001 MS24 Molleigh Elena Struble (1994–2010) grew up near Yerkes Observatory, where she volunteered for educational programs such as one connecting Yerkes and the Science Museum, Tokyo.
54820 Svenders 2001 NV1 Enders Robinson and Sven Treitel, American pioneers of applied geophysical signal analysis
54852 Mercatali 2001 OZ16 Antonio Mercatali, Italian amateur astronomer
54862 Sundaigakuen 2001 OW25 Sundaigakuen, a high school in Tokyo, the alma mater of the discoverer
54902 Close 2001 OG77 Gary Close, American director of Hopkins Planetarium
54963 Sotin 2001 PS12 Christophe Sotin, a senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory and director of the Laboratory for Planetology and Geodynamics at the University of Nantes.
54967 Millucci 2001 PF29 Vincenzo Millucci, Italian professor of mathematical physics, science communicator, and founder of the University of Siena's Florence Osservatorio Astronomico di Torre Luciana (Torre Luciana Observatory)


  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: 54,001–55,000
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