Meanings of minor planet names: 55001–56000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
55082 Xlendi 2001 QJ110 Xlendi, Gozo, Malta
55108 Beamueller 2001 QU142 Beatrice E. A. Mueller, American astronomer
55112 Mariangela 2001 QQ153 Maria Angels Gassol i Avante, wife of the discoverer
55196 Marchini 2001 RM16 Alessandro Marchini, Italian computer scientist, astronomy popularizer, and director of the University of Siena's Osservatorio Astronomico di Torre Luciana (Astronomical Observatory of Torre Luciana)
55221 Nancynoblitt 2001 RM63 Nancy Noblitt, a friend and loyal supporter of the Rose-Hulman Oakley Observatory (the discovery site)
55276 Kenlarner 2001 SK10 Ken Larner, American exploration geophysicist
55331 Putzi 2001 SY115 Antonie ("Putzi") T. Schwartz, American mother, artist and holistic health practitioner
55418 Bianciardi 2001 TJ17 Giorgio Bianciardi, researcher at the University of Siena
55428 Cappellaro 2001 TN47 Enrico Cappellaro, Italian chief astronomer of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (National Institute for Astrophysics) and director of the Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Padua Astronomical Observatory)
55477 Soroban 2001 UC1 Soroban, the Japanese abacus
55543 Nemeghaire 2001 XN16 Jean Nemeghaire, Belgian assistant at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, the discoverer's physics teacher
55555 DNA 2001 YR2 DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid
55561 Madenberg 2002 AF9 Janet A. Stevens, née Madenberg, American amateur astronomer
55576 Amycus 2002 GB10 The centaur Amycus, son of Ophion, who attended Pirithous' wedding, fought against the Lapiths, and was killed by Pelates of Pella
55676 Klythios 3034 T-1 Klythios (Clytius), one of the Elders of Troy (Iliad, Book III)
55678 Lampos 3291 T-1 Lampos or Lampus, son of Laomedon, one of the Elders of the city of Troy, father of Dolops
55701 Ukalegon 1193 T-3 Ucalegon, one of the Elders of Troy, whose house was set on fire by the Achaeans when they sacked the city
55702 Thymoitos 1302 T-3 Thymoetes (Thymoitos), son of Laomedon, one of the Elders of the city of Troy, and the first to urge that the Trojan Horse be brought into the city
55720 Daandehoop 1972 RE Daniël "Daan" de Hoop (born 1945), honorary member and chairman of the Dutch Association for Spaceflight (1995–2005)
55733 Lepsius 1986 WS2 Karl Richard Lepsius, German egyptologist
55735 Magdeburg 1987 QV Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
55749 Eulenspiegel 1991 AT2 Till Eulenspiegel, 14th-century character of Middle Low German oral tradition
55753 Raman 1991 RF5 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist
55755 Blythe 1991 TB15 Blythe Andra Lowe, Canadian geologist and the discoverer's wife
55759 Erdmannsdorff 1991 XJ1 Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Erdmannsdorff, German architect
55772 Loder 1992 YB5 Justus Christian Loder, German anatomist
55810 Fabiofazio 1994 TC Fabio Fazio, broadcaster at RAI, the Italian public service
55815 Melindakim 1994 YU2 Melinda Kim Dowling, née Steel, the discoverer's younger sister
55838 Hagongda 1996 LN The Harbin Institute of Technology, a key national university in China
55844 Bičák 1996 RN2 Jirí Bicák, Czech professor of theoretical physics at Charles University in Prague
55854 Stoppani 1996 VS1 In 1905 Eugenio Stoppani (1850–1917) erected a mountain refuge, now the site of the Sormano Observatory, in the place where his father Edoardo Stoppani (1818– 1892) died accidentally. Antonio Stoppani (1824–1891) (probably a distant relative) was a distinguished palaeontologist.
55873 Shiomidake 1997 UP7 Shiomidake mountain, in northern Shizuoka, Japan
55874 Brlka 1997 UL9 Petr Brlka, Czech amateur astronomer
55875 Hirohatagaoka 1997 VH Hirohatagaoka, a hill on which is located Hadano High School, from which the discoverer graduated
55892 Fuzhougezhi 1997 XQ5 Fuzhou Gezhi High School, China, founded in 1846
55901 Xuaoao 1998 CL2 Xu Aoao (b. 1940) is a solar-physics astronomer and educator. As Vice President of Nanjing University and President of the Macau University of Science and Technology, he made significant contributions to promoting the education and research of the universities.
56000 Mesopotamia 1998 SN144 Mesopotamia, cradle of human civilization


  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: 55,001–56,000
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