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Meanings of minor planet names: 481001–482000

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]

481001–481100

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481101–481200

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481201–481300

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481301–481400

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481401–481500

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481501–481600

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481601–481700

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481701–481800

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481801–481900

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481901–482000

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481984 Cernunnos 2009 KL2 Cernunnos, the horned god and incarnation of fertility, life and the underworld in Celtic polytheism. Druids widely encouraged the adoration of this "horned god", which became a severe obstacle to the spread of Christianity. JPL · 481984
481993 Melaniezander 2009 RO27 Melanie Zander (born 1970) is an award-winning German actress who has delighted audiences through three decades' of amateur stage performances. Working at the European Space Agency until 2016, she was deeply admired for her sense of humour, efficiency and devotion to her colleagues. JPL · 481993

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
480,001–481,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 481,001–482,000
Succeeded by
482,001–483,000