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Meanings of minor planet names: 49001–50000

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]

49001–49100

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
49036 Pelion 1998 QM107 Pelion, mountain in Thessaly where the Centaurs were said to live JPL · 49036

49101–49200

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
49109 Agnesraab 1998 SO2 Agnes Raab (born 1969), Austrian amateur astronomer, member of the "Linzer Astronomische Gemeinschaft" (Linzer A. G.) MPC · 49109
49110 Květafialová 1998 SU2 Květa Fialová (born 1929) is a well-known actress in Czech-Slovak cinematography and theatre, who has been active for almost 70 years JPL · 49110
49187 Zucchini 1998 SY75 Roberto Zucchini (born 1958) is an Italian theoretical physicist who teaches theoretical physics and mathematical methods at the Bologna University. He is very interested in the mathematical physics concerning theories of quantum gravity, strings and branes. JPL · 49187

49201–49300

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
49272 Bryce Canyon 1998 UT16 Bryce Canyon National Park, Utah, home of some of the darkest night skies in the continental U.S. JPL · 49272

49301–49400

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
49350 Katheynix 1998 WQ8 Kathey Nix, American amateur astronomer, founding member of the Society of Low-Energy Observers (SLO) JPL · 49350
49382 Lynnokamoto 1998 XG5 Lynn Okamoto (born 1970) is a Japanese manga artist best known for his manga and anime series Elfen Lied. He resides in Tokyo, Japan. JPL · 49382
49384 Hubertnaudot 1998 XX9 Hubert Naudot, engineer who worked in the French Railways (SNCF) JPL · 49384

49401–49500

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49440 Kenzotange 1998 YP5 Kenzo Tange, Japanese architect JPL · 49440
49441 Scerbanenco 1998 YM6 Giorgio Scerbanenco (1911–1969) was a Ukrainian-born Italian writer, best known for his crime and detective novels. He was one of the fathers of the thriller genre in Italy. He wrote The scandal of the astronomical observatory, a thriller which revolves around the discovery of a new asteroid. JPL · 49441
49443 Marcobondi 1998 YN7 Marco Bondi, astrophysicist who works at the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Bologna JPL · 49443
49448 Macocha 1998 YJ12 Macocha chasm, part of the cave system created by the lost river Punkva in the Moravian Karst, Czech Republic JPL · 49448
49469 Emilianomazzoni 1999 AL25 Emiliano Mazzoni (born 1953), an active amateur astronomer in Tuscany. JPL · 49469
49481 Gisellarubini 1999 BJ12 Gisella Rubini, girlfriend of the discoverer JPL · 49481
49500 Ishitoshi 1999 CP9 Toshihiro Ishikawa (born 1975) is a Japanese amateur astronomer and a key member of the Ota Astronomical Club. JPL · 49500

49501–49600

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
49501 Basso 1999 CN10 Antonella Basso, friend of the discoverer JPL · 49501

49601–49700

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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
49698 Váchal 1999 VA Josef Váchal, Czech artist JPL · 49698
49699 Hidetakasato 1999 VZ Hidetaka Sato (born 1978), Japanese obstetrician and an amateur astronomer JPL · 49699
49700 Mather 1999 VN1 John C. Mather, American cosmologist and Nobelist, senior project scientist for the James Webb Space Telescope JPL · 49700

49701–49800

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49702 Koikeda 1999 VC2 Chuzo Koikeda and his wife Yoko Koikeda, both Japanese amateur astronomers JPL MPC · 49702
49777 Cappi 1999 XS Margaret Capitola Sonntag Comba, the discoverer's second wife JPL · 49777

49801–49900

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

49901–50000

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49987 Bonata 2000 AB5 Diego Bonata, Italian aerospace engineer, light pollution fighter, president of the CieloBuio Associazione JPL · 49987
50000 Quaoar 2002 LM60 Quaoar, a creation deity in Tongva mythology JPL · 50000

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
48,001–49,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 49,001–50,000
Succeeded by
50,001–51,000