Meanings of minor planet names: 342001–343000

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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]

342001–342100[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
342017 Ramonin 2008 RA80 Ramon Lacruz Alcaraz (born 1988) is an aeronautical engineer at Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. JPL · 342017

342101–342200[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

342201–342300[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

342301–342400[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

342401–342500[edit]

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342431 Hilo 2008 UQ90 Hilo, the largest city on Big island of Hawaii, United States JPL · 342431

342501–342600[edit]

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There are no named minor planets in this number range

342601–342700[edit]

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342620 Beita 2008 UL341 Beatriz Lacruz Alcaraz (born 1990), a computer sciences engineer at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid. JPL · 342620

342701–342800[edit]

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342764 Alantitus 2008 WL95 Alan Titus (born 1964) is an American paleontologist specializing in ammonites. He has also been instrumental in finding and describing new species of dinosaurs from the Late Cretaceous subcontinent of Laramidia. JPL · 342764

342801–342900[edit]

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342843 Davidbowie 2008 YN3 David Bowie (David Robert Jones, 1947–2016), a British musician, singer, producer and actor. JPL · 342843

342901–343000[edit]

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343000 Ijontichy 2009 BH73 Ijon Tichy: Space Pilot, a satirical German science fiction TV-series. The space traveller Ijon Tichý navigates the universe in his ""three-room rocket". The story is based on The Star Diaries by Stanisław Lem. JPL · 343000

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
341,001–342,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 342,001–343,000
Succeeded by
343,001–344,000