Meanings of minor planet names: 72001–73000

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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]

72001–72100[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
72012 Terute 2000 XT10 The name "Terute" comes from an ancient legend of Sagamiahra, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, involving a tragic love story. JPL · 72012
72021 Yisunji 2000 XJ15 Yi Sunji, Korean Joseon Dynasty astronomer JPL · 72021
72037 Castelldefels 2000 XN44 Castelldefels, Spain MPC · 72037
72042 Dequeiroz 2000 YA1 José De Queiroz (born 1954) is a Portuguese-born, Swiss amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets. He lives in the small Alpine town of Falera JPL · 72042
72059 Heojun 2000 YC16 Heo Jun, Korean medical scientist JPL · 72059
72060 Hohhot 2000 YG16 Hohhot, capital city of the province of Inner Mongolia, China JPL · 72060
72071 Gábor 2000 YO33 Dénes Gábor, Hungarian-American 1971 Nobelist for Physics, for his invention and development of the holographic method JPL · 72071

72101–72200[edit]

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72201–72300[edit]

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72301–72400[edit]

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72401–72500[edit]

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72432 Kimrobinson 2001 CO42 Kim Stanley Robinson (born 1952), a novels of science fiction writer. JPL · 72432
72447 Polińska 2001 DP Magdalena Polińska (born 1981) is an assistant professor researcher at the Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznań, Poland. JPL · 72447

72501–72600[edit]

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72543 Simonemarchi 2001 DN106 Simone Marchi, Italian astronomer JPL · 72543
72545 Robbiiwessen 2001 EP Robbii Wessen, an artist and graphic designer. JPL · 72545
72596 Zilkha 2001 FF9 Michael and Nina Zilkha, American entrepreneurs and philanthropists JPL · 72596

72601–72700[edit]

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72632 Coralina 2001 FF31 Coralina is a women's choir founded in Gnosca, Switzerland in 1980, where the Gnosca Observatory is located. It has been masterfully conducted by Francesca Gianoni Casanova since 1990. The repertoire is highly refined and is made up of pieces from different parts of the world and from various periods of music history. JPL · 72632
72633 Randygroth 2001 FJ31 Randall H. Groth, American Associate Vice-President of the University of Arizona, key player in establishing Patterson Observatory MPC · 72633

72701–72800[edit]

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72801–72900[edit]

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72801 Manzanera 2001 FE192 Phil Manzanera (born 1951, as Philip Geoffrey Targett-Adams) is a musician knownfor key contributions to such groups as Roxy Music, 801 and Quiet Sun, as well as the pursuit of his own, often experimental and ethereal guitar work. His work includes key collaborative efforts with Brian Eno, John Wetton, and David Gilmour. JPL · 72801
72802 Wetton 2001 FT192 John Kenneth Wetton (1949–2017) was a progressive rock musician who worked with many groups during his long career, including Phil Manzanera, King Crimson, Roxy Music, U.K. and Asia. His beautiful voice complemented his equally impressive technical mastery of the bass guitar. JPL · 72802
72804 Caldentey 2001 GQ Maria-Dolorès Caldentey Rius, Spanish founding member of the Observatorio Astronómico de Mallorca, observatory and planetarium designer JPL · 72804
72819 Brunet 2001 HX Joseph Brunet, French astronomer involved in the construction of the Observatoire de Saint-Véran JPL · 72819
72827 Maxaub 2001 HT8 Max Aub, Franco-Spanish writer MPC · 72827
72834 Guywells 2001 HQ16 Guy Wells (born 1976) is a British-Grenadian amateur astronomer and a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society. He has created Northolt Branch Astro, a group of amateur astronomers who seek to increase public interest in astronomy. He provides follow-up observations of Near Earth asteroids to the Minor Planet Center. MPC · 72834
72876 Vauriot 2001 KH2 Pierre Vauriot, 20th-century French professor of mathematics, variable star astronomer and astronomy popularizer, co-founder of the Société astronomique de Montpellier (Astronomical Society of Montpellier) JPL · 72876

72901–73000[edit]

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72993 Hannahlivsey 2002 ES10 Hannah Livsey (born 1975) is an award-winning English solicitor with a passion for classical music. She lends her time as a cellist to the Shrewsbury Symphony Orchestra. JPL · 72993

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
71,001–72,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 72,001–73,000
Succeeded by
73,001–74,000