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Meanings of minor planet names: 248001–249000

As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center (MPC), 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.

Official naming citations of newly named small Solar System bodies are published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars several times a year.[1] Recent citations can also be found on the JPL Small-Body Database (SBDB).[2] Until his death in 2016, German astronomer Lutz D. Schmadel compiled these citations into the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (DMP) and regularly updated the collection.[3][4] Based on Paul Herget's The Names of the Minor Planets,[5] Schmadel also researched the unclear origin of numerous asteroids, most of which had been named prior to World War II.  This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "SBDB". New namings may only be added after official publication as the preannouncement of names is condemned by the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature.[6]

248001–248100

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248101–248200

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248183 Peisandros 2005 AD28 Peisander (Peisandros), son of Antimachos, from Greek mythology. He and his brother Hippolochos were killed by Agamemnon during the Trojan War. JPL · 248183

248201–248300

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248262 Liuxiaobo 2005 GR128 Liu Xiaobo (born 1955) received the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize for his long and nonviolent struggle for human rights in China. JPL · 248262

248301–248400

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248388 Namtso 2005 SE19 Namtso is a mountain lake in Tibet. It is also known as Lake Nam, Nam Co, and Tengri Nor. JPL · 248388

248401–248500

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248501–248600

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248601–248700

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248701–248800

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248750 Asteroidday 2006 RH1 Asteroid Day is an annual global movement that brings people from around the world together to learn about asteroids and what we can do to protect our planet from asteroid impacts. The United Nations has proclaimed that Asteroid Day will be observed globally on June 30 every year. JPL · 248750

248801–248900

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248839 Mazeikiai 2006 SY406 Mažeikiai is a Lithuanian city of 45,000 inhabitants, located 280 km northwest of Vilnius on the Venta River. Mazeikiai was first mentioned in 1335 and received the rights of self-government in 1919. JPL · 248839

248901–249000

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248908 Ginostrada 2006 VY45 Gino Strada (born 1948), an Italian surgeon and founder of Emergency, an Italian non-governmental humanitarian organization that operates in several countries all over the world JPL · 248908
248970 Giannimorandi 2007 BC49 Gianni Morandi (born 1944), an Italian singer, actor and entertainer JPL · 248970
248993 Jonava 2007 GM28 Jonava, a city in central Lithuania JPL · 248993

References

  1. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  2. ^ "JPL – Solar System Dynamics: Discovery Circumstances". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ Herget, Paul (1968). The Names of the Minor Planets. Cincinnati, Ohio: Minor Planet Center, Cincinnati Observatory. OCLC 224288991.
  6. ^ "Guide to Minor Body Astrometry – When can I name my discovery?". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 20 July 2019.


Preceded by
247,001–248,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 248,001–249,000
Succeeded by
249,001–250,000