Meanings of minor planet names: 58001–59000

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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citations are published), a key source is Lutz D. Schmadel's Dictionary of Minor Planet Names.[1][2][3] Meanings that do not quote a reference (the "†" links) are tentative.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.


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58084 Hiketaon 1197 T-3 Hiketaon, one of the elders of Troy, counselors to Priam; the son of Laomedon, he suggested Helen be returned to Menelaus to avoid the Trojan war JPL · 58084
58095 Oranienstein 1973 SN Oranienstein, a baroque castle on the Lahn river near Diez, Germany JPL · 58095
58096 Oineus 1973 SC2 Oeneus, king of Calydonia, son of Porthaon, who sent Meleager out to find heroes to kill the Calydonian Boar; his grandson Diomedes avoided fighting Glaukos because of the friendship between Oeneus and Glaukos' grandfather Bellerophon JPL · 58096
58097 Alimov 1976 UQ1 Alexandr Fyodorovich Alimov, Russian founder of the school of functional ecology and president of the Hydrobiological Society JPL · 58097
58098 Quirrenbach 1977 TC Andreas Quirrenbach, German astronomer, director of the Landessternwarte Heidelberg-Königstuhl (Königstuhl Observatory) since 2006 JPL · 58098


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58152 Natsöderblom 1988 PF2 Nathan Söderblom (Lars Olof Jonathan Söderblom), Swedish archbishop, theologian and Peace Nobelist JPL · 58152
58163 Minnesang 1989 UJ7 Minnesang, German sung poetry of the 12th and 13th centuries JPL · 58163
58184 Masayukiyamamoto 1991 RG1 Masayuki Yamamoto (born 1971), a Japanese planetary scientist. JPL · 58184
58185 Rokkosan 1991 RH1 Rokkosan is a 1000-meter-high mountain behind the city of Kobe, Japan JPL · 58185
58186 Langkavel 1991 RT4 Arno Langkavel (born 1938), a former high school teacher and historian of astronomy. JPL · 58186
58191 Dolomiten 1991 YN1 The Dolomites mountains (Dolomiten is the Swiss-German name) JPL · 58191
58196 Ashleyess 1992 EC1 Ashley Caroline Steel, the discoverer's youngest sister JPL · 58196


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58214 Amorim 1992 RA2 Regina Helena Caldas de Amorim, Brazilian neuro-pediatrician at Belo Horizonte (Minas Gerais) JPL · 58214
58215 von Klitzing 1992 SY1 Klaus von Klitzing, German physicist and Nobelist JPL · 58215
58217 Peterhebel 1992 SP16 Peter Hebel (born 1957) is a most interested amateur astronomer, but as a doctor of medicine his chief occupation is that of an operating surgeon at the Medical University of Graz, Austria, where he has saved and improved the life of many patients. JPL · 58217
58221 Boston 1993 BM14 Boston, founded in 1630 by Puritan settlers from England, is the capital and largest city of the American state of Massachusetts. JPL · 58221
58279 Kamerlingh 1993 TE40 Heike Kamerlingh Onnes, 19th–20th-century Dutch physicist, who first liquefied helium JPL · 58279


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58345 Moomintroll 1995 CZ1 Moomintroll is the central character of the classic 1946 novel Comet in Moominland (Swedish title Kometjakten) by Finnish author Tove Jansson JPL · 58345
58364 Feierberg 1995 MF7 Michael Feierberg, American astronomer, who was involved in the early work connecting C-class minor planets to carbonaceous chondrites JPL · 58364
58365 Robmedrano 1995 OQ Technical Sergeant Rob Medrano, of the Air Force Maui Optical and Supercomputing (AMOS) observatory JPL · 58365
58373 Albertoalonso 1995 SR Alberto Alonso, the legendary Cuban choreographer and dance visionary JPL · 58373


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58417 Belzoni 1996 BD2 Giovanni Battista Belzoni, an explorer of Egyptian antiquities. JPL · 58417
58418 Luguhu 1996 BA4 Luguhu Lake is situated at the junction of southwestern Sichuan and northwestern Yunnan JPL · 58418
58424 Jamesdunlop 1996 DL1 James Dunlop, Scottish-Australian astronomer JPL · 58424
58460 Le Mouélic 1996 LM1 Stephane Le Mouélic, a research engineer at the University of Nantes. JPL · 58460
58466 Santoka 1996 OB1 Santoka Taneda, the Japanese "Wandering Haiku Poet" JPL · 58466
58498 Octaviopaz 1996 VF Octavio Paz Lozano (1914–1998) was a Mexican poet and essayist, who won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1990. JPL · 58498
58499 Stüber 1996 VY Eberhard Stüber, Austrian director of the natural science museum "Haus der Natur" in Salzburg JPL · 58499


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58534 Logos 1997 CQ29 Logos and Zoe ((58534) Logos I Zoe), a paired emanation of the deity in the Gnostic tradition, and part of its creation myth JPL · 58534
58535 Pattillo 1997 DP Leonard Pattillo, American founding member and former officer of the Fort Bend Astronomy Club JPL · 58535
58569 Eboshiyamakouen 1997 QY2 Eboshiyama Kouen, the name of the park in the southern part of Nanyo city, Yamagata. JPL · 58569
58572 Romanella 1997 RV6 Russell Romanella (born 1958) is an experienced space engineer involved in human space exploration activities such as the Space Shuttle, International Space Station and Constellation projects JPL · 58572
58573 Serpieri 1997 RD7 Arrigo Serpieri, Italian agricultural economist JPL · 58573
58578 Žídek 1997 SP2 Ivo Žídek, Czech opera singer MPC · 58578
58579 Ehrenberg 1997 SQ2 Eleonora Gayerová z Ehrenberku (Eleonora Gayerová of Ehrenberg), Czech soprano opera singer, who lived in Vila Leonora at Ondřejov and was instrumental in the establishment of the Ondřejov Observatory MPC · 58579
58595 Joepollock 1997 TX9 Joseph T. Pollock (born 1950), a professor of astronomy at the Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina. JPL · 58595
58600 Iwamuroonsen 1997 TC17 Iwamuroonsen is a town of the southwest of Niigata City JPL MPC · 58600


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58605 Liutungsheng 1997 TA27 Liu Tungsheng, Chinese Earth scientist and academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences JPL · 58605
58607 Wenzel 1997 UL Wolfgang Wenzel, German astronomer MPC · 58607
58608 Geroldrichter 1997 UY Gerold A. Richter, German astronomer MPC · 58608
58622 Setoguchi 1997 VU Takashi Setoguchi (born 1961) is a member of the Oriental Astronomical Association. JPL · 58622
58627 Rieko 1997 VG5 Rieko is the wife of the discoverer. JPL · 58627
58664 IYAMMIX 1997 YA1 The International Year of Astronomy (IYA 2009) is a global effort initiated by the IAU and UNESCO to stimulate worldwide interest in astronomy under the central theme "The Universe, Yours to Discover" JPL · 58664
58671 Diplodocus 1997 YC8 one of the largest animals ever to walk on the earth, the Dashing Diplodocus is the premier quarterly publication of the Houston Museum of Natural Science. JPL · 58671
58672 Remigio 1997 YT8 Scarfi Remigio, Italian geologist, mathematics teacher, and amateur astronomer JPL · 58672
58679 Brenig 1998 AH Brenig, a part of Bornheim, is located near the Rhine river between Cologne and Bonn. JPL · 58679
58682 Alenašolcová 1998 AA11 Alena Šolcová, Czech mathematician and historian of mathematics and astronomy JPL · 58682


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58707 Kyoshi 1998 CS Kyoshi Takahama, Japanese Haiku poet and novelist JPL · 58707
58709 Zenocolò 1998 CT2 Zeno Colò, 20th-century Italian skier and Olympic gold medalist (Oslo Winter Games, 1952) JPL · 58709


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58896 Schlosser 1998 JE4 Wolfhard Schlosser, professor at Bochum University from 1969 until his retirement in 2005 JPL · 58896


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
58931 Palmys 1998 MK47 Palmys, a Trojan fighting for the relief of the city of Troy set off for the centre of the battlefield, with a group of other Trojans from Ascania. JPL · 58931
59000 Beiguan 1998 SW26 Beijing Planetarium (Beijing Tianwenguan), on the occasion of its fiftieth anniversary year (2007) JPL · 59000


  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. 

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Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 58,001–59,000
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