Meanings of minor planet names: 81001–82000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
81203 Polynesia 2000 FQ10 French Polynesia, because it was the first discovery from this region of the world
81790 Lewislove 2000 JL84 Lewis E. Love, American physics teacher at Great Neck North High School
81822 Jamesearly 2000 KN38 James M. Early, American co-inventor of the transistor
81859 Joetaylor 2000 KP69 Joseph H. Taylor, American astronomer, pulsar hunter extraordinaire, Nobel laureate and MacArthur fellow
81915 Hartwick 2000 NS11 F. David A. Hartwick, Canadian astrophysicist
81971 Turonclavere 2000 QX68 Marie-Hélène Turon Clavère, French schoolteacher and amateur astronomer


  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: 81,001–82,000
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