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Meanings of minor planet names: 257001–258000

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]

257001–257100

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257005 Arpadpal 2008 EW152 Árpád Pál [ro] (1929–2006), a Romanian astronomer and professor at Babeș-Bolyai University in Cluj-Napoca. JPL · 257005

257101–257200

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

257201–257300

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257234 Güntherkurtze 2009 DD112 Günther Kurtze (1921–1986), a physicist and professor of acoustics at Karlsruhe Institute of Technology in Germany JPL · 257234
257248 Chouchiehlun 2009 FA19 Jay Chou (born 1979) is one of the most famous musicians in Asia JPL · 257248
257261 Ovechkin 2009 FS47 Alexander Ovechkin (born 1985), a Russian ice-hockey winger who began his career with the Dynamo Moscow JPL · 257261
257296 Jessicaamy 2009 HT57 Jessica Amy Todd (born 1994), daughter of the Australian discoverer Michael Todd JPL · 257296

257301–257400

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257336 Noeliasanchez 2009 JA1 Noelia Sanchez (born 1975) is an aeronautical engineer and co-founder of the DEIMOS space company, where she works as Head of the Space Situational Awareness Division for NEO and Space Debris. JPL · 257336
257371 Miguelbello 2009 PM4 Miguel Bello (born 1961), the founder and CEO of the DEIMOS space company. JPL · 257371

257401–257500

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257439 Peppeprosperini 2010 PL23 Giuseppe Prosperini (1937–2005), an Italian amateur astronomer, observer of lunar and minor-planet occultations, and a co-founder of the Frasso Sabino Observatory JPL · 257439

257501–257600

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257515 Zapperudi 1997 CD6 Rudolf Zappe (born 1928), a longtime member of the "Linzer Astronomische Gemeinschaft" JPL · 257515
257533 Iquique 1998 CN4 Iquique, a port city in northern Chile JPL · 257533

257601–257700

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

257701–257800

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

257801–257900

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

257901–258000

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

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
256,001–257,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 257,001–258,000
Succeeded by
258,001–259,000