Meanings of minor planet names: 97001–98000
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 Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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|
|97069 Stek||1999 VB23||Stefano Klett, Swiss computer scientist, amateur astronomer, and promoter of the Ticino section of Dark Sky Switzerland †|
|97268 Serafinozani||1999 XD127||The Osservatorio astronomico Serafino Zani (Serafino Zani Astronomical Observatory), built by Serafino Zani and his family on San Bernardo hill in the commune of Lumezzane, Brescia, Lombardy, Italy, and then given to the local amateur astronomers †|
|97582 Hijikawa||2000 EP15||Hijikawa river, Ehime prefecture, Japan †|
|97631 Kentrobinson||2000 ED144||Ernest Kent Robinson (b. 1939), Advisory Board member at Lowell Observatory. †|
|Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 97,001–98,000