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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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

Minor planets not yet given a name have not been included in this list.

Name Provisional 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.
73059 Kaunas 2002 FO5 Kaunas, Lithuania
73079 Davidbaltimore 2002 GX8 David Baltimore, American biologist and Nobelist, seventh president of the California Institute of Technology
73342 Guyunusa 2002 JX115 Guyunusa, wife of the warrior Tacuabé, native Uruguayans sold for exhibition in France in 1833
73442 Feruglio 2002 NE5 Chiara Feruglio, Italian astronomer
73453 Ninomanfredi 2002 NJ34 Nino Manfredi, Italian actor
73465 Buonanno 2002 NP55 Roberto Buonanno, Italian astronomer, director of the Osservatorio Astronomico di Roma
73491 Robmatson 2002 PO164 Robert D. Matson, American amateur astronomer and software developer
73511 Lovas 2002 YD3 Miklós Lovas, Hungarian astronomer
73517 Cranbrook 2003 FG78 Cranbrook Institute of Science in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan
73520 Boslough 2003 MB1 Mark Boslough, a physicist at Sandia National Laboratories.
73533 Alonso 2003 OC6 Fernando Alonso, Spanish Formula One racing driver
73610 Klyuchevskaya 1054 T-3 Klyuchevskaja, the active 4750-m volcano on the Kamchatka Peninsula in the Russian Far East.
73637 Guneus 1973 SX1 One of the Achaean leaders in the Trojan War
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.
73640 Biermann 1977 RM Ludwig Biermann, German astrophysicist
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
73687 Thomas Aquinas 1990 TQ2 Saint Thomas Aquinas, Italian Catholic philosopher and theologian
73692 Gürtler 1991 RL3 Joachim Gürtler, German astronomer
73693 Dorschner 1991 RQ3 Johann Dorschner, German astronomer
73700 von Kues 1991 TW4 Nicholas of Cusa (Nicolaus Cusanus) (Nikolaus Krebs von Kues), German theologian and philosopher
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.
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.
73782 Yanagida 1994 TD15 Yanagida, Ishikawa, Japan, home of the Yanagida Astronomical Observatory (the discovery site)
73819 Isaootuki 1995 WV6 Isao Otuki (b. 1958) became a member of the Miyagi Abukuma Astronomical Society in 1974 and actively popularizes astronomy.
73827 Nakanohoshinokai 1996 AB3 The Nakano Star Gazers Club of Nakano, Tokyo, was founded in 1973.
73857 Hitaneichi 1996 WA3 Hiroshi Taneichi (b. 1927), a professor emeritus at Yamagata University.
73862 Mochigasechugaku 1996 XN32 Mochigase chugaku is a junior high school in Mochigase. It was established in 1956 and will close in 2013.
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
73955 Asaka 1997 UE21 Asaka is reclaimed land in Koriyama city, Fukushima prefecture.


  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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