Meanings of minor planet names: 123001–124000

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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]

123001–123100[edit]

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

123101–123200[edit]

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123120 Peternewman 2000 SQ372 Peter R. Newman (born 1954), British astronomer with the Sloan Digital Sky Survey JPL · 123120

123201–123300[edit]

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123290 Manoa 2000 UH100 Manoa valley, on the island of Oahu, where the University of Hawai'i was founded in 1907 (the provisional designation's subscript stands for the university's centennial celebration of 2007) JPL · 123290

123301–123400[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

123401–123500[edit]

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123501–123600[edit]

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123601–123700[edit]

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123647 Tomáško 2000 YG66 Tomáš Kušnirák (born 2002), the only child of the Slovak discoverers Peter Kušnirák and Ulrika Babiaková JPL · 123647

123701–123800[edit]

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123801–123900[edit]

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123818 Helenzier 2001 BC75 Helen Zier (born 1938), American amateur astronomer, birder and volunteer in several scientific research programs JPL · 123818
123852 Jánboďa 2001 CM37 Ján Boda (born 1956), Slovak geophysicist and senior lecturer at the Comenius University in Bratislava JPL · 123852
123860 Davederrick 2001 DX David Derrick (born 1952), American educator, who built a private planetarium, space museum and observatory JPL · 123860

123901–124000[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

References[edit]

  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
122,001–123,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 123,001–124,000
Succeeded by
124,001–125,000