Meanings of minor planet names: 78001–79000

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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 span of numbers 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. Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
78071 Vicent 2002 LT6 Francesc Vicent, Spanish author of Libre dels jochs partits dels schacs en nombre de 100 which established the modern rules of Chess in Spain
78115 Skiantonucci 2002 MT4 Robert "Ski" Antonucci, an astrophysicist at the University of California Santa Barbara, working on extragalactic astrophysics.
78118 Bharat 2002 NT Bhārat Ganarājya, native name of the Republic of India (derived from the wise and pious king Bharata of ancient Hindu mythology), the discoverer's motherland
78123 Dimare 2002 NQ5 Linda Dimare (b. 1981), a researcher in celestial mechanics, mainly involved in the development of new algorithms and software for solar system dynamics.
78124 Cicalò 2002 NH6 Stefano Cicalò (b. 1982) is a researcher in celestial mechanics, mainly involved in the development of new advanced algorithms and software for the complex dynamics of the radio science experiment of the ESA Bepi Colombo Mission to Mercury and the NASA JUNO mission to Jupiter.
78125 Salimbeni 2002 NU6 Sara Salimbeni, Italian astronomer
78249 Capaccioni 2002 PK6 Fabrizio Capaccioni, Italian astronomer
78252 Priscio 2002 PF11 Priscilla "Priscio" Cerroni, Italian astronomer
78309 Alessielisa 2002 PV65 Elisa Maria Alessi (b. 1981) has worked for several years in the fields of space debris dynamics, orbit determination for interplanetary missions, and trajectory design in planet-satellite systems.
78310 Spoto 2002 PW65 Federica Spoto (b. 1985) has worked in the field of Solar System dynamics. In particular, she is involved in the Impact Monitoring computation and research at NEODyS and AstDyS.
78383 Philmassey 2002 PM137 Philip Massey (born 1952), an astronomer at Lowell Observatory.
78391 Michaeljäger 2002 PT163 Michael Jäger, Austrian amateur astronomer
78392 Dellinger 2002 PM165 Joseph A. (Joe) Dellinger, American geophysicist and amateur astronomer (Fort Bend Astronomy Club)
78393 Dillon 2002 PW165 William G. (Bill) Dillon, American geophysicist and amateur astronomer (Fort Bend Astronomy Club)
78394 Garossino 2002 PB166 Paul G. A. Garossino, Canadian geophysicist and amateur astronomer
78429 Baschek 2002 QN48 Bodo Baschek, German astrophysicist
78430 Andrewpearce 2002 QX48 Andrew Pearce, Australian amateur astronomer, significant contributor to the International Comet Quarterly
78431 Kemble 2002 QJ50 Lucian J. Kemble, Canadian Franciscan Father and amateur astronomer, discoverer of Kemble's Cascade
78432 Helensailer 2002 QR50 Helen R. Sailer, member of the international women's flying organization, The Ninety-Nines, and great-aunt of the discoverer
78433 Gertrudolf 2002 QF56 Gertrud and Rudolf Hönig, grandparents of the discoverer
78434 Dyer 2002 QL58 Alan Dyer, Canadian astronomy writer and astrophotographer
78453 Bullock 2002 RD26 Sandra Annette Bullock (b. 1964), an American actress and producer.
78534 Renmir 2002 RB109 Renato Bernardi (born 1946) and Mirella Ceccato (born 1946) are parents of Fabrizio Bernardi, one of the discoverers.
78535 Carloconti 2002 RC109 Carlo Conti (born 1961), a popular Italian showman.
78536 Shrbený 2002 RV111 Lukáš Shrbený (b. 1981), an astronomer at the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic.
78577 JPL 2002 RG232 Jet Propulsion Laboratory
78578 Donpettit 2002 RM233 Don Pettit, American International Space Station Expedition 6 astronaut
78652 Quero 2002 TG62 Quero, Belluno (Veneto), Italy
78661 Castelfranco 2002 TW85 Castelfranco Veneto, Treviso (Veneto), Italy
78816 Caripito 2003 PZ9 Caripito, Bolivar district, Monagas, Venezuela, where the parents of the discoverer met
78905 Seanokeefe 2003 SK85 Sean O'Keefe, American NASA administrator 2001–2004

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Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 78,001–79,000
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