Meanings of minor planet names: 59001–60000

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As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC), 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.

Official naming citations of newly named small Solar System bodies are published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars several times a year.[1] Recent citations can also be found on the JPL Small-Body Database (SBDB).[2] Until his death in 2016, German astronomer Lutz D. Schmadel compiled these citations into the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (DMP) and regularly updated the collection.[3][4] Based on Paul Herget's The Names of the Minor Planets,[5] Schmadel also researched the unclear origin of numerous asteroids, most of which had been named prior to World War II.  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "SBDB". New namings may only be added after official publication as the preannouncement of names is condemned by the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature.[6]

59001–59100[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
59001 Senftenberg 1998 SZ35 Senftenberg (now Žamberk), eastern Bohemia, where two comets were discovered by Theodor Brorsen in 1851, and the birthplace of Czech theologian and natural scientist Prokop Diviš, astronomer August Seydler and surgeon Eduard Albert MPC · 59001
59087 Maccacaro 1998 VT33 Tommaso Maccacaro, Italian astrophysicist and x-ray astronomer JPL · 59087

59101–59200[edit]

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
There are no named minor planets in this number range

59201–59300[edit]

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59232 Sfiligoi 1999 CA1 Vincenzo Sfiligoi, a public accountant in the Italian province of Gorizia until 1990 JPL · 59232
59239 Alhazen 1999 CR2 Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham (965–1040), medieval Arab astronomer, mathematician, doctor, philosopher and physicist MPC · 59239

59301–59400[edit]

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59369 Chanco 1999 EB5 Chanco is a toponym used by the Flemish scientist-author Godefridi Wendelini (1580–1667), who named the Belgian city of Genk as Chanco in the Leges Salicae Illustratae MPC · 59369
59388 Monod 1999 FU19 Jacques Monod (1910–1976), French molecular biologist and Nobelist JPL · 59388
59389 Oskarvonmiller 1999 FF21 Oskar von Miller (1855–1934), a German engineer and founder of Deutsches Museum München. JPL · 59389
59390 Habermas 1999 FR21 Jürgen Habermas, German philosopher, political scientist and sociologist, member of the Frankfurt Institute for Social Research JPL · 59390

59401–59500[edit]

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59417 Giocasilli 1999 GD1 Giovanni Casilli (born 1949), Italian astronomer-technician JPL · 59417
59419 Prešov 1999 GE2 Prešov, eastern Slovakia MPC · 59419
59425 Xuyangsheng 1999 GJ5 Xu Yangsheng (born 1958) is a leading expert in Robotics and Intelligent Systems, and an Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering, He is an Academician of the IAA and a Fellow of the IEEE. Xu was appointed the first President of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shenzhen JPL · 59425
59470 Paveltoufar 1999 HM Pavel Toufar (1948–2018) was a Czech journalist and writer. He was known for his popular, yet precise, articles, books and interviews about astronautics based on primary sources as well as on his personal experiences (e.g., with isolation experiments). JPL · 59470

59501–59600[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

59601–59700[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

59701–59800[edit]

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59793 Clapiès 1999 OD Jean de Clapiès (also written Clapiez), French mathematician, engineer, hydrographer, and astronomer JPL · 59793
59797 Píšala 1999 PX Jan Píšala (born 1982) is a Czech astronomy populariser, and the author of many popular science publications, as well as audiovisual shows at the Brno Observatory and Planetarium. He is a graduate nuclear chemist, one of the main leaders of the Astronomical Expedition and also a great colleague and friend. JPL · 59797
59800 Astropis 1999 PV4 Astropis, Czech astronomy magazine MPC · 59800

59801–59900[edit]

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59804 Dickjoyce 1999 RJ1 Richard "Dick" R. Joyce, American astronomer JPL · 59804
59828 Ossikar 1999 RU32 Ossikar, cartoon figure created by German caricaturist Manfred Sondermann, the father-in-law of the discoverer JPL · 59828
59830 Reynek 1999 RE33 Bohuslav Reynek, Bohemian (Czech) poet and graphic artist MPC · 59830
59833 Danimatter 1999 RZ36 Daniel Matter, French amateur astronomer, friend of the discoverer MPC · 59833

59901–60000[edit]

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60000 Miminko 1999 TZ3 Miminko, a Czech word that expresses the innocence of the very beginning of human life JPL · 60000

References[edit]

  1. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ "JPL – Solar System Dynamics: Discovery Circumstances". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Herget, Paul (1968). The Names of the Minor Planets. Cincinnati, Ohio: Minor Planet Center, Cincinnati Observatory. OCLC 224288991.
  6. ^ "Guide to Minor Body Astrometry – When can I name my discovery?". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 20 July 2019.


Preceded by
58,001–59,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 59,001–60,000
Succeeded by
60,001–61,000