Meanings of minor planet names: 155001–156000

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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]

155001–155100[edit]

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155083 Banneker 2005 SE134 Benjamin Banneker (1731–1806), freeborn African-American farmer, clockmaker, writer and scientist JPL · 155083

155101–155200[edit]

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155116 Verkhivnya 2005 TJ49 Verkhivnya, a small Ukrainian village, where French novelist Honoré de Balzac wrote La Marâtre, Les Paysans and part of La Comédie humaine at the estate of his wife, countess Evelina Hańska JPL · 155116
155138 Pucinskas 2005 TM169 Aloyzas Pucinskas (born 1933), associate professor at the Astronomical Observatory of Vilnius University JPL · 155138
155142 Tenagra 2005 UD4 Tenagra, mythical island mentioned ("Darmok and Jalad at Tenagra") in the Darmok episode of Star Trek - The Next Generation, and the namesake of the discovering Tenagra II Observatory JPL · 155142

155201–155300[edit]

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155215 Vámostibor 2005 VU2 Tibor Vámos (born 1926) is an electrical engineer, full member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and the father of data communication in Hungary. He was the winner of the 2005 annual science communication award of the Club of Hungarian Science Journalists. JPL · 155215
155270 Dianawheeler 2005 WH113 Diana E. Wheeler (born 1950) made fundamental contributions to understanding the physiological basis of caste determination in social insects. Her research blazed the trail for uncovering the relationship between environmental factors and physiology and the evolution of eusociality which is at the core for gene-environment interactions. JPL · 155270
155290 Anniegrauer 2005 XJ40 Patricia Ann ("Annie") Purnell Grauer (born 1942), American photographer, cook, homemaker, writer and a student of the night sky JPL · 155290

155301–155400[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

155401–155500[edit]

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155438 Velásquez 1998 DV Diego Velázquez (1599–1660), Spanish painter of the Spanish Golden Age JPL · 155438

155501–155600[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

155601–155700[edit]

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155701–155800[edit]

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155784 Ercol 2000 SH345 Carl Jack Ercol (born 1959) is a systems engineer at the Applied Physics Laboratory. He served as the Thermal Subsystem Lead for the New Horizons mission to Pluto. JPL · 155784

155801–155900[edit]

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155901–156000[edit]

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155948 Maquet 2001 QA73 Lucie Maquet (born 1985), French astronomer who researches cometary non-gravitational forces at IMCCE in Paris, and observer at the Pic du Midi Observatory JPL · 155948

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
154,001–155,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 155,001–156,000
Succeeded by
156,001–157,000