Meanings of minor planet names: 55001–56000

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This is a partial list of meanings of minor planet names. See meanings of minor planet names for a list of all such partial lists.

As minor planet discoveries are confirmed, they are given a permanent number by the IAU's Minor Planet Center, 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.

Besides the Minor Planet Circulars (in which the citations are published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative. Meanings marked with an asterisk (*) are guesswork, and should be checked against the mentioned sources to ensure that the identification is correct.

55001–55100[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55082 Xlendi 2001 QJ110 Xlendi, Gozo, Malta MPC · 55082

55101–55200[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55108 Beamueller 2001 QU142 Beatrice E. A. Mueller, American astronomer JPL · 55108
55112 Mariangela 2001 QQ153 Maria Angels Gassol i Avante, wife of the discoverer JPL · 55112
55196 Marchini 2001 RM16 Alessandro Marchini, Italian computer scientist, astronomy popularizer, and director of the Astronomical Observatory of the University of Siena JPL · 55196

55201–55300[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55212 Yukitoayatsuji 2001 RG46 Yukito Ayatsuji is the pen name of Naoyuki Uchida (born 1960), a Japanese writer of horror and mystery. He is one of the founders of the Honkaku Mystery Writers Club of Japan, he was one of the two winners of the 1992 Mystery Writers of Japan Award. His best-known works are The Decagon House Murders and Another. JPL · 55212
55221 Nancynoblitt 2001 RM63 Nancy Noblitt, a friend and loyal supporter of the Rose-Hulman Oakley Observatory (the discovery site) JPL · 55221
55222 Makotoshinkai 2001 RP63 Makoto Shinkai, born Makoto Niitsu (born 1973), is a Japanese author, manga artist, cinematographer, director and producer. His anime credits include Your Name, 5 Centimeters Per Second, The Garden of Words and Children Who Chase Lost Voices. JPL · 55222
55223 Akiraifukube 2001 RQ63 Akira Ifukube (1914–2006) was a Japanese composer of film scores and classical music. He is best known for the music for the 1954 movie Gojira, also known in the West as Godzilla. JPL · 55223
55276 Kenlarner 2001 SK10 Ken Larner, American exploration geophysicist MPC · 55276

55301–55400[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55319 Takanashi 2001 SK73 Yasuharu Takanashi (born 1963) is a composer of music for video games and anime. Some of the films he has produced scores for include Shiki, Ikki Tousen, Naruto Shippuden, Fairy Tail and Sailor Moon Crystal. JPL · 55319
55331 Putzi 2001 SY115 Antonie ("Putzi") T. Schwartz, American mother, artist and holistic health practitioner JPL · 55331

55401–55500[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55418 Bianciardi 2001 TJ17 Giorgio Bianciardi, researcher at the University of Siena JPL · 55418
55428 Cappellaro 2001 TN47 Enrico Cappellaro, Italian chief astronomer of the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (National Institute for Astrophysics) and director of the Osservatorio Astronomico di Padova (Padua Astronomical Observatory) JPL · 55428
55477 Soroban 2001 UC1 Soroban, the Japanese abacus MPC · 55477

55501–55600[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55543 Nemeghaire 2001 XN16 Jean Nemeghaire, Belgian assistant at the Royal Meteorological Institute of Belgium, the discoverer's physics teacher JPL · 55543
55555 DNA 2001 YR2 DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid JPL · 55555
55561 Madenberg 2002 AF9 Janet A. Stevens, née Madenberg, American amateur astronomer MPC · 55561
55576 Amycus 2002 GB10 The centaur Amycus, son of Ophion, who attended Pirithous' wedding, fought against the Lapiths, and was killed by Pelates of Pella JPL · 55576

55601–55700[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55676 Klythios 3034 T-1 Klythios (Clytius), one of the Elders of Troy (Iliad, Book III) JPL · 55676
55678 Lampos 3291 T-1 Lampos or Lampus, son of Laomedon, one of the Elders of the city of Troy, father of Dolops JPL · 55678

55701–55800[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55701 Ukalegon 1193 T-3 Ucalegon, one of the Elders of Troy, whose house was set on fire by the Achaeans when they sacked the city JPL · 55701
55702 Thymoitos 1302 T-3 Thymoetes (Thymoitos), son of Laomedon, one of the Elders of the city of Troy, and the first to urge that the Trojan Horse be brought into the city JPL · 55702
55720 Daandehoop 1972 RE Daniël "Daan" de Hoop (born 1945), honorary member and chairman of the Dutch Association for Spaceflight (1995–2005) JPL · 55720
55733 Lepsius 1986 WS2 Karl Richard Lepsius, German egyptologist JPL · 55733
55735 Magdeburg 1987 QV Magdeburg, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany JPL · 55735
55749 Eulenspiegel 1991 AT2 Till Eulenspiegel, 14th-century character of Middle Low German oral tradition JPL · 55749
55753 Raman 1991 RF5 Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, Indian physicist JPL · 55753
55755 Blythe 1991 TB15 Blythe Andra Lowe, Canadian geologist and the discoverer's wife MPC · 55755
55759 Erdmannsdorff 1991 XJ1 Friedrich Wilhelm Freiherr von Erdmannsdorff, German architect JPL · 55759
55772 Loder 1992 YB5 Justus Christian Loder, German anatomist JPL · 55772

55801–55900[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55810 Fabiofazio 1994 TC Fabio Fazio, broadcaster at RAI, the Italian public service JPL · 55810
55815 Melindakim 1994 YU2 Melinda Kim Dowling, née Steel, the discoverer's younger sister JPL · 55815
55838 Hagongda 1996 LN The Harbin Institute of Technology, a key national university in China JPL · 55838
55844 Bičák 1996 RN2 Jirí Bicák, Czech professor of theoretical physics at Charles University in Prague JPL · 55844
55854 Stoppani 1996 VS1 In 1905 Eugenio Stoppani (1850–1917) erected a mountain refuge, now the site of the Sormano Observatory, in the place where his father Edoardo Stoppani (1818– 1892) died accidentally. Antonio Stoppani (1824–1891) (probably a distant relative) was a distinguished palaeontologist. JPL · 55854
55873 Shiomidake 1997 UP7 Shiomidake mountain, in northern Shizuoka, Japan JPL · 55873
55874 Brlka 1997 UL9 Petr Brlka, Czech amateur astronomer [permanent dead link] MPC · 55874
55875 Hirohatagaoka 1997 VH Hirohatagaoka, a hill on which is located Hadano High School, from which the discoverer graduated MPC · 55875
55892 Fuzhougezhi 1997 XQ5 Fuzhou Gezhi High School, China, founded in 1846 JPL · 55892

55901–56000[edit]

Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
55901 Xuaoao 1998 CL2 Xu Aoao (born 1940) is a solar-physics astronomer and educator. As Vice President of Nanjing University and President of the Macau University of Science and Technology, he made significant contributions to promoting the education and research of the universities. JPL · 55901
56000 Mesopotamia 1998 SN144 Mesopotamia, cradle of human civilization JPL · 56000

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 
  2. ^ 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. 
  3. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016. 


Preceded by
54,001–55,000
Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 55,001–56,000
Succeeded by
56,001–57,000