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Meanings of minor planet names: 77001–78000

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]

77001–77100

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

77101–77200

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77136 Mendillo 2001 DP106 Michael Mendillo, American professor of astronomy and electrical engineering at Boston University JPL · 77136
77138 Puiching 2001 EN Pui Ching Middle School, Hong Kong JPL · 77138
77185 Cherryh 2001 FE9 C. J. Cherryh, American science fiction and fantasy writer JPL · 77185

77201–77300

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77301–77400

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77318 Danieltsui 2001 FL86 Daniel Chee Tsui, Chinese-American physicist and Nobelist, a graduate of Pui Ching Middle School in Hong Kong (see 77138) JPL · 77318

77401–77500

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77441 Jouve 2001 HU Jacques Jouve (born 1929), involved in the construction of the Observatory of Saint-Veran, a station of the Paris Observatory that studies the solar corona, in the French Alps JPL · 77441

77501–77600

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77560 Furusato 2001 KP1 Furusato is a well-known song in Japan. The word also means "country home". JPL · 77560

77601–77700

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77621 Koten 2001 KZ41 Pavel Koten (born 1972), a staff astronomer at the Astronomical Institute of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic. JPL · 77621
77696 Patriciann 2001 OT2 Patricia Ann (McLarty) Clingan, wife of the discoverer JPL · 77696

77701–77800

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77755 Delémont 2001 PW13 Delémont, Switzerland, where the Jurassien-Vicques Observatory is situated JPL · 77755

77801–77900

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77856 Noblitt 2001 RN63 Niles Noblitt (born 1951), American member of the board of trustees of the Rose-Hulman Institute and loyal supporter of the Rose-Hulman Observatory, where this minor planet was discovered JPL · 77856
77870 MOTESS 2001 SM MOTESS (Moving Object and Transient Event Search System), using three 0.35-meter reflecting telescopes, operating in Tucson, Arizona, that has observed and discovered small Solar System objects JPL · 77870

77901–78000

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77971 Donnolo 2002 JA11 Shabbathai Donnolo (913–982), an Italian physician, medical author and astrologer/astronomer. JPL · 77971

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
76,001–77,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 77,001–78,000
Succeeded by
78,001–79,000