Meanings of minor planet names: 90001–91000

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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published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, among others.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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
90125 Chrissquire 2002 XR80 Christopher Russell Edward "Chris" Squire (1948-2015), an English musician and co-founder of the rock music group Yes.
90138 Diehl 2002 YD Jacqueline (Jackie) Diehl, American first chair of the White Sands Star Party, member of the Alamogordo Astronomy Club, manager of Space Camp at the New Mexico Museum of Space History, and education and public outreach coordinator at the National Solar Observatory
90140 Gómezdonet 2002 YK2 Josep Julia Gómez Donet, Spanish friend of the discoverer and a pioneer of CCD astrometry of asteroids and comets
90226 Byronsmith 2003 BS15 Byron Smith (born 1973), a mechanical engineer by training, is project manager for Lowell Observatory's Discovery Channel Telescope.
90279 Devětsil 2003 DL10 Devětsil, Czech avant-garde group of artists active from 1920 to 1930
90288 Dalleave 2003 ET17 Sergio Dalle Ave, Italian technician and night assistant at the Osservatorio Astrofisico di Asiago (Asiago Astrophysical Observatory)
90317 Williamcutlip 2003 FZ42 William Cutlip (b. 1960), the Launch Segment Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.
90328 Haryou 2003 FQ85 HARYOU (Harlem Youth Opportunities Unlimited)
90377 Sedna 2003 VB12 Sedna, Inuit goddess of the sea
90383 Johnloiacono 2003 WN89 John Loiacono (b. 1962), the Deputy Project Manager for the OSIRIS-REx Asteroid Sample Return Mission.
90388 Philchristensen 2003 WY152 Philip Christensen (b. 1953), the Instrument Scientist for the OSIRIS-REx Thermal Emission Spectrometer.
90397 Rasch 2003 YW4 Charlie Rasch (1937–2011), a well-known Jazz/Ragtime pianist in the Detroit area of Michigan.
90414 Karpov 2003 YP110 Anatoly Karpov, Russian chess grandmaster and World Champion for 16 years
90450 Cyriltyson 2004 BR117 Cyril deGrasse Tyson, American director of HARYOU (see 90328 Haryou, above)
90455 Irenehernandez 2004 CU2 Irene González Hernández (1969-2014), a Spanish-American astronomer.
90461 Matthewgraham 2004 CS35 Matthew Graham (b. 1971), a computational scientist working on analysis of massive data sets and sky surveys, including the Palomar-Quest and Catalina Real- Time Transient survey.
90463 Johnrichard 2004 CS39 John B. and Richard R. Dixon, American amateur astronomers, in recognition of their help in transporting observatory domes from Michigan to New Mexico and then in the construction of the Jornada Observatory
90471 Andrewdrake 2004 CF98 Andrew Drake (b. 1969), a scientist at the Center for Advanced Computing Research.
90472 Mahabal 2004 CT99 Ashish Mahabal (b. 1970), a scientist at the California Institute of Technology.
90479 Donalek 2004 CC109 Ciro Donalek (b. 1973) is a computational scientist who has applied machine learning to the analysis of massive data sets and sky surveys, including the Palomar- Quest and Catalina Real-Time Transient surveys.
90480 Ulrich 2004 CG109 Carl Ulrich (b. 1925), a fossil preparator.
90481 Wollstonecraft 2004 DA Mary Wollstonecraft, British writer, philosopher, and early feminist
90482 Orcus 2004 DW Orcus, Roman god of the underworld, punisher of broken oaths
90502 Buratti 2004 EM7 Bonnie J. Buratti, American senior research scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
90503 Japhethboyce 2004 EP10 Japheth Boyce (b. 1956), a paleontologist in South Dakota, is best known for his exquisite fossil preparation seen in museums around the world.
90525 Karijanberg 2004 FB2 Karen, wife of the discoverer, and her parents, Richard and Janet Halberg
90526 Paullorenz 2004 FQ11 Paul Gregory Lorenz (b. 1952), a professional pianist and has been an avid amateur astronomer, deep sky observer and astrophotographer since the 1960s.
90528 Raywhite 2004 FE19 Raymond E. White, Jr., American astronomer, archaeoastronomer, and teacher
90533 Laurentblind 2004 FB29 Laurent Blind, French computer programmer, paraglider, equestrian, and the discoverer's boyfriend
90564 Markjarnyk 2004 GJ2 Mark Andrew Jarnyk, Australian software engineer at the Australian National University's Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
90579 Gordonnelson 2004 GF39 Gordon Nelson (b. 1956), a well-known amateur paleontologist in southern Arizona.
90672 Metrorheinneckar 1977 RH Metrorheinneckar, the metropolitan area along the Rhine and Neckar rivers with 2.4 million people includes the cities of Heidelberg, Mannheim and Ludwigshafen, and 21 universities and research institutions.
90698 Kościuszko 1984 EA Andrzej Tadeusz Bonawentura Kościuszko (1746-1817), a Polish military engineer who assisted in the American revolution with the design and building of military fortifications, including at West Point, New York.
90703 Indulgentia 1988 RO3 Indulgentia, Latin for "indulgence, goodness, kindness, love, tenderness, fondness", and also "the gratification of another's desires, inclinations or humors"
90709 Wettin 1990 TX3 Wettin Castle, a castle near Halle, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, ancestral seat of the Wettiner dynasty
90712 Wittelsbach 1990 TE13 Burg Wittelsbach, a castle ruin near Aichach in Bavaria, Germany, ancestral seat of the Wittelsbacher dynasty
90713 Chajnantor 1990 VE3 Chajnantor (5000 m), a plateau in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile, where the Atacama Large Millimeter Array will be constructed
90817 Doylehall 1995 RO Doyle Hall, American astronomer and member of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) team
90818 Daverichards 1995 RR Dave Richards, AMOS commander during the last years of the twentieth century
90820 McCann 1995 SS1 Jeff McCann, American AMOS commander
90830 Beihang 1995 UX7 Founded in 1952, Beihang University is one of the key institutes in the national agendas "211 Project" and "985 Scheme". It has made great contributions to China's aeronautic and astronautic industry, as well as social and economic development.
90892 Betlémská kaple 1997 BC Betlémská kaple is a medieval religious building in Prague.
90926 Stáhalík 1997 SH1 Martin Stáhalík (1962–2001), Czech aerobatic pilot.
90953 Hideosaitou 1997 VA9 Hideo Saitou (b. 1946) is the leader of activities of the Fukushima branch of the Japanese Young Astronauts Club, formed by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.


  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: 90,001–91,000
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