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Meanings of minor planet names: 41001–42000

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]

41001–41100

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41049 Van Citters 1999 VC9 G. Wayne Van Citters, American astronomer JPL · 41049

41101–41200

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41107 Ropakov 1999 VX72 Ivan V. Ropakov, grandfather of the second discoverer JPL · 41107
41199 Wakanaootaki 1999 WC1 Wakana Ootaki (born 1984) is a Japanese vocalist and original member of the musical group "Kalafina". She has also performed with "FictionJunction". JPL · 41199

41201–41300

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41206 Sciannameo 1999 WG9 Francesco Sciannameo, Italian professor of general surgery, head physician of the Terni hospital, and amateur astronomer JPL · 41206
41213 Mimoun 1999 XG2 Alain Mimoun (1921–2013) was a French long-distance runner, and marathon champion at the 1956 Olympics in Melbourne. JPL · 41213
41279 Trentman 1999 XD95 Richard Trentman, American amateur astronomer and team member of the Powell Observatory Near-Earth-Object follow-up program JPL · 41279

41301–41400

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41401–41500

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41450 Medkeff 2000 LF15 Jeff Medkeff, American designer of software for robotic operations of observatories, telescope control, data reduction and automatic submission of results to the Minor Planet Center MPC · 41450
41481 Musashifuchu 2000 QE35 Fuchu is the name of the place where Kokuhu (the ancient Japanese provincial government office) was located. Fuchu City in Tokyo Metropolis has been called Musashi Fuchu, because it was the Kokuhu of the province of Musashi. Its name symbolizes the history and culture of the city. JPL · 41481
41488 Sindbad 2000 QE71 Sindbad, legendary sailor from Baghdad whose numerous fantastic adventures are recounted in The Arabian Nights JPL · 41488

41501–41600

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41502 Denchukun 2000 QK147 Denchukun is the official mascot character of Ibara city, Okayama, Japan. Its name originates from Denchu Hirakushi, a sculptor born in Ibara. Its shape represents a star in the famous Kabuki play Kagami-Jishi. JPL · 41502

41601–41700

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41701–41800

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41740 Yuenkwokyung 2000 VC Yuen Kwok-yung (born 1956) is a Hong Kong microbiologist, physician and surgeon, with over 700 publications in peer reviewed journals. During the global outbreak of SARS in 2003, he led his team in the discovery of the SARS coronavirus, being honored as "Asian heroes of the year" in the 2013 April issue of Time Asia. JPL · 41740
41742 Wongkakui 2000 VH3 Wong Ka Kui (1962–1993) was a Hong Kong singer and songwriter, best known for being the lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and main songwriter of the rock band Beyond, which he founded. JPL · 41742
41795 Wiens 2000 WN12 Roger Wiens (born 1960) is deeply involved in space missions. He is the Principal Investigator behind ChemCam, a laser spectroscopy instrument on board the Mars Curiosity Rover. Name and citation provided by S. Le Mouelic. JPL · 41795
41800 Robwilliams 2000 WM19 Robert A. Williams (b. 1942), American psychiatrist and author, director of the Biological Psychiatry Institute in Phoenix, Arizona JPL · 41800

41801–41900

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41901–42000

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41943 Fredrick 2000 XH2 Richard Fredrick, American amateur astronomer and team member of the Powell Observatory Near-Earth-Object follow-up program JPL · 41943
41979 Lelumacri 2000 YK16 Luca Pacciorini (born 1958), his partner Cristina Conedera (born 1965) and their two children, Letizia (born 2000) and Martino (born 2002), are friends of the discoverer. JPL · 41979
41981 Yaobeina 2000 YD21 Yao Beina (1981–2015) was a talented and courageous Chinese singer who won numerous awards for the best Chinese pop song performance. One of Yao's famous songs, "Fire of the Heart", was about the reflections on her battle with breast cancer. She donated her corneas. JPL · 41981
41986 Fort Bend 2000 YR29 Fort Bend Astronomy Club of Stafford, Texas, USA, several of whose members are asteroid discoverers (J. L. Casady, A. Cruz, P. Garossino, C. Gustava, A. Lowe, D. Wells) JPL · 41986

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
40,001–41,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 41,001–42,000
Succeeded by
42,001–43,000