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Meanings of minor planet names: 51001–52000

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]

51001–51100

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
There are no named minor planets in this number range

51101–51200

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

51201–51300

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51261 Holuša 2000 JH64 Jiří Holuša (1964–2011), educator at Ostrava Planetarium, Czech Republic JPL · 51261

51301–51400

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

51401–51500

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51406 Massimocalvani 2001 DL108 Massimo Calvani (born 1947), Italian astronomer, director of the Astronomical Observatory of Padua and Asiago from 1999 to 2005 JPL · 51406
51415 Tovinder 2001 ER13 Pat Tovsen (born 1951) and her husband Philip Inderwiesen (born 1953), American light pollution control advocates JPL · 51415
51430 Ireneclaire 2001 FH7 Irene Claire Schwartz, mother of Michael Schwartz of Tenagra Observatories JPL · 51430
51431 Jayardee 2001 FH9 James R. Durig (born 1935), astronomer and the father of Douglas Tybor Durig who discovered this minor planet JPL · 51431

51501–51600

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51569 Garywessen 2001 HV3 Gary Wessen (born 1949) has conducted archaeological research in western North America for over 40 years and has recorded over 250 new sites. He works with many Native American tribes, especially the Makah. He has also served as an officer for many archaeological associations. JPL · 51569
51570 Phendricksen 2001 HE4 Peter B. Hendricksen (born 1951), electrical engineer, mathematician, accomplished classical guitarist and past president of the Black Hills Astronomical Society JPL · 51570
51599 Brittany 2001 HR24 Brittany Johnson, niece of Loren C. Ball who discovered this minor planet JPL · 51599

51601–51700

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51655 Susannemond 2001 JA Susanne Marie Emond, American dietitian and friend of the discoverer JPL · 51655
51663 Lovelock 2001 JL7 James Lovelock (born 1919), chemist, inventor, earth system scientist and author JPL · 51663

51701–51800

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51741 Davidixon 2001 KQ50 David Dixon (born 1947), American amateur astronomer, who operates Jornada Observatory, New Mexico Src MPC · 51741
51772 Sparker 2001 MJ Steve Parker (born 1951), director of Hidden Valley Observatory JPL · 51772

51801–51900

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51823 Rickhusband 2001 OY28 Rick Husband (1957–2003), American astronaut, commander of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) MPC · 51823
51824 Mikeanderson 2001 OE30 Michael P. Anderson (1959–2003), American astronaut, payload commander of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) MPC · 51824
51825 Davidbrown 2001 OQ33 David M. Brown (1956–2003), American astronaut, mission specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) MPC · 51825
51826 Kalpanachawla 2001 OB34 Kalpana Chawla (1962–2003), American astronaut, mission specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) MPC · 51826
51827 Laurelclark 2001 OH38 Laurel Clark (1961–2003), American astronaut, mission specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) MPC · 51827
51828 Ilanramon 2001 OU39 Ilan Ramon (1954–2003), Israeli astronaut, payload specialist on board the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) MPC · 51828
51829 Williemccool 2001 OD41 William C. McCool (1961–2003), American astronaut, pilot of the space shuttle Columbia (STS-107) MPC · 51829
51895 Biblialexa 2001 QX33 Bibliotheca Alexandrina, a revival of the old library at Alexandria JPL · 51895

51901–52000

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51915 Andry 2001 QF71 Andrea Casulli (born 2013), grandson of Silvano Casulli who discovered this minor planet JPL · 51915
51983 Hönig 2001 SZ8 Sebastian F. Hönig (born 1978), German amateur astronomer MPC · 51983
51985 Kirby 2001 SA116 Jack Kirby (1917–1994), American comic book artist, writer, and editor JPL · 51985

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
50,001–51,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 51,001–52,000
Succeeded by
52,001–53,000