Meanings of minor planet names: 65001–66000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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.


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65001 Teodorescu 2002 AF67 Ana Maria Teodorescu, Romanian astronomer and wife of Fabrizio Bernardi, one of the discoverers
65091 Saramagrin 2002 CF Sara Magrin, Italian astronomer, active member of the Asiago-DLR Asteroid Survey (ADAS) JPL
65100 Birtwhistle 2002 CR15 Peter Birtwhistle, British amateur astronomer


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65159 Sprowls 2002 CN152 Marlene Sprowls Durig, mother of the discoverer


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65210 Stichius 2002 EG Stichius, a Greek warrior at Troy, who together with Menestheus, carried the body of Amphimachus back to the Archaen troops. This prevented Hektor from stealing Amphimachus's helm.JPL
65213 Peterhobbs 2002 EC9 Englishman Peter Hobbs (b. 1925), a master draughtsman for the British National Coal Board, a lifelong member of Mensa and a perfect-pitch pianist who teaches many students. JPL
65241 Seeley 2002 EP110 Bob Seeley, an accomplished Detroit pianist, playing music from Gershwin and Debussy to Scott Joplin. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65357 Antoniucci 2002 NR55 Simone Antoniucci, Italian astronomer
65363 Ruthanna 2002 PQ11 Ruthanna Dellinger Powell, aunt of the discoverer


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65489 Ceto 2003 FX128 Ceto, mythological monstrous sea creature, child of Gaia and Pontus; together with its sibling Phorcys (65489 Ceto I Phorcys), it produced numerous offspring, the Phorcydides JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65541 Kasbek 9593 P-L Kasbek, high inactive volcano in the Georgian Caucasus, near the Russian border JPL
65583 Theoklymenos 4646 T-2 Theoklymenos, son of Mantios and grandson of Melampus, Greek seer who, in the Odyssey, prophesies Odysseus' return to Ithaca and the death of Penelope's suitors
65590 Archeptolemos 1305 T-3 Archeptolemos, Trojan charioteer of Hector, killed by Teucer with the help of Apollo


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65637 Tsniimash 1979 VS2 TsNIIMash is an acronym for the Central Research Institute of Mechanical Engineering, which is an institute of the Russian Federal Space Agency. JPL
65657 Hube 1982 QB4 Douglas P. Hube, Canadian astronomer
65658 Gurnikovskaya 1982 UA6 Renata Yur'evna Gurnikovskaya (born 1974) is the older daughter of the discoverer JPL
65672 Merrick 1988 QD In spite of facing the challenge of a rare form of leukemia, Dawson Tate Merrick (1999–2009) excelled at all he attempted, from his academic studies to sports JPL
65675 Mohr-Gruber 1989 AG6 Curate Josef Mohr and his organist Franz Xaver Gruber, Austrian musicians, composers of the Christmas carol "Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht" ("Silent Night! Holy Night!")
65685 Behring 1990 TY1 Emil Adolf von Behring, German medical doctor and Nobelist, founder of the science of immunology
65692 Trifu 1991 RH3 Romanian-born Cezar I. Trifu (b. 1954) studies the physics of seismic sources and induced seismicity as senior scientist and adjunct professor at Queen's University, Canada. He is the author of many papers and books. Trifu is also a world-famous short-wave radio operator. Name proposed by the first discoverer. JPL
65694 Franzrosenzweig 1991 RX40 Franz Rosenzweig, modern (19th-20th century) Jewish religious thinker
65696 Pierrehenry 1991 TP15 Pierre Henry Senegas-Lowe, son of the discoverer
65697 Paulandrew 1991 TU15 Paul Andrew Senegas-Lowe, son of the discoverer
65698 Emmarochelle 1991 TP16 Emma Rochelle Slater, stepdaughter of the discoverer


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65708 Ehrlich 1992 RB1 Paul Ehrlich, German Nobelist, pioneer of hematology, immunology and chemotherapy JPL
65712 Schneidmüller 1992 SJ17 Bernd Schneidmueller (b. 1954), a German historian. JPL
65716 Ohkinohama 1993 BZ2 Ohkinohama is a 1.5-kilometer-long beach adjacent to the eastern part of Ashizurimisaki promontory at the southern end of Shikoku Island JPL
65769 Mahalia 1995 EN8 Mahalia Jackson, American "Queen of Gospel Song" JPL
65775 Reikotosa 1995 SO2 Reiko Tosa, Japanese long-distance runner. JPL
65784 Naderayama 1995 UF4 Naderayama mountain (height 660 meters) is located in the west of Yonezawa city, Yamagata prefecture. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
65803 Didymos 1996 GT Greek for "twin" (the object was named after its binarity was confirmed in 2003)
65848 Enricomari 1997 BP9 Enrico Mari (1978–2007), a cousin of the discoverer and a member of the Montelupo Astronomical Group JPL
65859 Mädler 1997 GF42 Johann Heinrich von Mädler, 19th-century German astronomer and selenographer JPL
65885 Lubenow 1997 YF20 Alexander (Andy) F. Lubenow, American program coordinator at the Space Telescope Science Institute JPL
65894 Echizenmisaki 1998 BO48 Echizenmisaki is a promontory in Fukui prefecture that projects into the Sea of Japan JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
There are no named minor planets in this number range


  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: 65,001–66,000
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