Meanings of minor planet names: 60001–61000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
60001 Adélka 1999 TG5 Adélka Kotková, daughter of Lenka Kotková, the discoverer
60006 Holgermandel 1999 TB16 Holger Mandel, German astronomer at the Landessternwarte Heidelberg and an honorary member of the Starkenburg-Sternwarte
60008 Jarda 1999 TP16 Jaroslav Kotek, the discoverer's husband
60183 Falcone 1999 VR11 Giovanni Falcone, Italian magistrate who fought against organized crime
60186 Las Cruces 1999 VH22 Las Cruces, New Mexico
60406 Albertosuci 2000 CR1 Alberto Suci, Italian amateur astronomer
60423 Chvojen 2000 CO39 Chvojen is a small village in Central Bohemia
60558 Echeclus 2000 EC98 Echeclus, centaur who attended Pirithous' wedding, fought against the Lapiths, and was killed by Ampyx (Amycus), son of Ophion
60622 Pritchet 2000 FK8 Christopher J. Pritchet, Canadian physicist and astronomer
60972 Matenko 2000 KN Mateno ("Matenko") is a nickname of Alexander Pravda, the discoverers' friend


  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: 60,001–61,000
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