Meanings of minor planet names: 73001–74000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
73046 Davidmann 2002 EG112 David Mann (b. 1941) is a sample-preparation expert who produced high-quality thin sections of Apollo moon rocks at NASA Johnson Space Center. JPL
73059 Kaunas 2002 FO5 Kaunas, Lithuania JPL
73079 Davidbaltimore 2002 GX8 David Baltimore, American biologist and Nobelist, seventh president of the California Institute of Technology JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73199 Orlece 2002 JY12 73199 Orlece Discovered 2002 May 8 by W. K. Y. Yeung at the Desert Eagle Observatory. The Orthopedic Learning Centre of the Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong was established in 1999. With the mission statement "Learn and Practice to Serve Better", it provides comprehensive medical ducation to the orthopaedic community locally and internationally.JPL


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


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73342 Guyunusa 2002 JX115 Guyunusa, wife of the warrior Tacuabé, native Uruguayans sold for exhibition in France in 1833 JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73442 Feruglio 2002 NE5 Chiara Feruglio, Italian astronomer JPL
73453 Ninomanfredi 2002 NJ34 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor JPL
73465 Buonanno 2002 NP55 Roberto Buonanno, Italian astronomer, director of the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma JPL
73491 Robmatson 2002 PO164 Robert D. Matson, American amateur astronomer and software developer


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73511 Lovas 2002 YD3 Miklós Lovas, Hungarian astronomer JPL
73517 Cranbrook 2003 FG78 Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan JPL
73520 Boslough 2003 MB1 Mark Boslough, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories. JPL
73533 Alonso 2003 OC6 Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula One racing driver JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73610 Klyuchevskaya 1054 T-3 Klyuchevskaja, the active 4750-m volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East. JPL
73637 Guneus 1973 SX1 One of the Achaean leaders in the Trojan War JPL
73638 Likhanov 1975 VC9 Albert Anatolievich Likhanov (b. 1935), a famous Russian writer, academician of the Russian Academy of Education, professor at several universities, and founder and head of Russia's largest children's charity fund, Russian Children Foundation. JPL
73640 Biermann 1977 RM Ludwig Biermann, German astrophysicist JPL
73670 Kurthopf 1982 QP Kurt Hopf, German head teacher of the primary school of Hof, Germany, director of the Sternwarte Hof (Hof Public Observatory) and astronomical educator JPL
73686 Nussdorf 1990 TV1 Named after the abundant walnut trees, Nussdorf is a village in south-western Germany’s Palatinate. JPL
73687 Thomas Aquinas 1990 TQ2 Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian JPL
73692 Gürtler 1991 RL3 Joachim Gürtler, German astronomer
73693 Dorschner 1991 RQ3 Johann Dorschner, German astronomer
73699 Landaupfalz 1991 TH3 Landau/Pfalz is a German university town in southern Rhineland-Palatinate, embedded in vineyards and surrounded by wine-growing villages. JPL
73700 von Kues 1991 TW4 Nicholas of Cusa (Nicolaus Cusanus) (Nikolaus Krebs von Kues), German theologian and philosopher. JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73701 Siegfriedbauer 1991 TU5 Siegfried J. Bauer (b. 1930), a professor emeritus of meteorology and geophysics at the University of Graz, Austria. JPL
73703 Billings 1991 TL15 Gary W. Billings, Canadian geophysicist and amateur astronomer
73704 Hladiuk 1991 TW15 Donald W. Hladiuk, Canadian geologist and amateur astronomer
73767 Bibiandersson 1994 PQ9 Berit Elisabeth Andersson (b. 1935), a Swedish screen actress. JPL
73769 Delphi 1994 PN12 According to myth, the city of Delphi was at the centre of the world. Delphi lies on the south-west slopes of the Parnassos mountain, in the valley of the river Phokis, and is the most renowned archaeological site in Greece. JPL
73782 Yanagida 1994 TD15 Yanagida, Ishikawa, Japan, home of the Yanagida Astronomical Observatory (the discovery site) JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73819 Isaootuki 1995 WV6 Isao Otuki (b. 1958) became a member of the Miyagi Abukuma Astronomical Society in 1974 and actively popularizes astronomy. JPL
73827 Nakanohoshinokai 1996 AB3 The Nakano Star Gazers Club of Nakano, Tokyo, was founded in 1973. JPL
73857 Hitaneichi 1996 WA3 Hiroshi Taneichi (b. 1927), a professor emeritus at Yamagata University. JPL
73862 Mochigasechugaku 1996 XN32 Mochigase chugaku is a junior high school in Mochigase. It was established in 1956 and will close in 2013. JPL
73883 Asteraude 1997 DQ Asteroids discovered by members of Association des utilisateurs de détecteurs électroniques (AUDÉ) are called "astéraudes"
73885 Kalaymoodley 1997 EV Kalayvany Moodley, South African friend of the discoverer JPL


Number–Name Prov. Designation Source of Name
73936 Takeyamamoto 1997 SF4 73936 Takeyamamoto Discovered 1997 Sept. 24 by Y. Ikari at Moriyama. Takeshi Yamamoto (1932-2005) was a Japanese amateur astronomer who studied astronomy under Issei Yamamoto. He devoted himself to educating the general public about astronomy in the city of Moriyama.JPL
73955 Asaka 1997 UE21 Asaka is reclaimed land in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture. JPL
73984 Claudebernard 1998 DJ20 73984 Claudebernard Discovered 1998 Feb. 26 by R. Roy at Blauvac. Claude Bernard (b. 1931) worked in the French Railways (SNCF) as a train driver. He is an avid solar observer who has gathered visual observations of sunspots and tried to correlate them with terrestrial phenomena. He co-founded the astronomical association of the SNCF.JPL


  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: 73,001–74,000
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