Meanings of minor planet names: 43001–44000

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]


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
43025 Valusha 1999 VW12 Valentina I. Ipatova-Artioukhova (born 1954), Russian hydrobiologist JPL  · 43025
43083 Frankconrad 1999 WR Frank Conrad (1874–1941), American amateur astronomer, past president of the Baton Rouge Astronomical Society, friend of the discoverer JPL  · 43083


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43193 Secinaro 2000 AW4 Secinaro, L'Aquila, Italy, location of what is probably the first Italian meteoric impact crater discovery (dating to the fourth or fifth century) JPL  · 43193


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
43224 Tonypensa 2000 AP165 Anthony Pensa (born 1943), American assistant director of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory, on the occasion of his retirement JPL  · 43224
43259 Wangzhenyi 2000 CK104 Wang Zhenyi (born 1924), hematologist-academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering. JPL  · 43259
43282 Dougbock 2000 EB140 Doug Bock (born 1956) is well known in amateur astronomy in the midwest U.S. having received numerous awards and served as an officer in several clubs including Vice-Chairman of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League from 1980-82. He is an avid observer and imager from his Boon Hill Observatory in Michigan. JPL  · 43282
43283 Robinbock 2000 EC143 Robin Bock (born 1957) is a Michigan amateur astronomer who served as Treasurer of the Warren Astronomical Society from 1979–1980 and then as Vice Chairperson and Secretary of the Great Lakes Region of the Astronomical League. JPL  · 43283
43293 Banting 2000 GU1 Frederick Banting (1891–1941), Canadian medical doctor, discoverer of insulin JPL  · 43293


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


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
43511 Cima Ekar 2001 CP48 Stazione osservativa di Asiago Cima Ekar (Cima Ekar Observing Station), a.k.a. Osservatorio Astronomico di Monte Ekar, the largest astronomical facility of Italy JPL  · 43511
43597 Changshaopo 2001 QT163 Changshaopo (born 1932) is a Marist brother who served as the principal of St. Francis Xavier's School in Hong Kong from 1974 to 1997. He devoted himself to educating the younger generation, practicing the school's motto Integrity and Universal Love JPL  · 43597


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
43605 Gakuho 2001 WD16 Aizu Gakuho is a senior and junior high school in Aizuwakamatsu city in Fukushima prefecture, Japan, founded in 1924. Gakuho means wisdom and a phoenix flying in space. JPL  · 43605
43657 Bobmiller 2002 ES110 Robert Donald Miller, an astronomer with Michigan State University's on-campus observatory for three decades JPL  · 43657
43667 Dumlupınar 2002 GO1 Dumlupınar, the Turkish submarine which, while crossing the Dardanelles on 1953 April 4, collided with the Swedish freighter Naboland and sank, killing all 81 men aboard JPL  · 43667
43669 Winterthur 2002 GA10 The city of Winterthur, Switzerland, birthplace of the discoverer Markus Griesser and home of the Eschenberg Observatory JPL  · 43669


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
43706 Iphiklos 1416 T-2 Iphiklos, father of the Trojan war Greek hero Podarkes of Phylake JPL  · 43706
43722 Carloseduardo 1968 OB Carlos Eduardo López (born 1953), an Argentine astronomer. JPL  · 43722
43724 Pechstein 1975 UY Max Pechstein (1881–1955), German painter, leading member of the German expressionists known as "Die Brücke" JPL  · 43724
43751 Asam 1982 UD4 The Bavarian family of fresco painters, stucco sculptors, and architects: father Hans Georg Asam (1649–1711) and his sons Cosmas Damian Asam (1686–1739) and Egid Quirin Asam (1692–1750) JPL  · 43751
43752 Maryosipova 1982 US5 Maria Yur'evna Osipova (born 1977), younger daughter of the discoverer JPL  · 43752
43763 Russert 1987 KF1 Tim Russert (1950–2008), an author, Washington bureau chief and political analyst for NBC News JPL  · 43763
43767 Permeke 1988 CP5 Constant Permeke, Belgian painter and sculptor JPL  · 43767
43768 Lynevans 1988 CH7 Lyn Evans (born 1945), a Welsh scientist and project leader of the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. JPL  · 43768
43775 Tiepolo 1989 CA6 Giovanni Battista Tiepolo (1696–1770), Italian Rococo painter and printmaker JPL  · 43775
43783 Svyatitelpyotr 1989 UX7 Saint Pyotr (Svyatitel Pyotr; died 1326) was an outstanding statesman and orthodox religious hierarch, talented icon painter and writer. In 1308–1326 he was the Metropolitan of Kiev and All Russia and in 1325 he moved the Metropolitan See from Vladimir to Moscow. He founded the Vysokopetrovsky Monastery in 1315. JPL  · 43783
43790 Ferdinandbraun 1990 TY3 Karl Ferdinand Braun (1850–1918), a German physicist, inventor of the "Braun tube", the forerunner of the television tube, co-winner of the 1909 Nobel Prize in physics for wireless telegraphy JPL  · 43790
43793 Mackey 1990 VK7 Lance Mackey (born 1970), American dog musher, first to win the 1000-mile Yukon Quest and the 1100-mile Iditarod back to back (in 2007) JPL  · 43793
43794 Yabetakemoto 1990 YP Akihiko Yabe (born 1939) and Akikazu Takemoto (born 1941) are Japan's leading Masters Games swimmers JPL  · 43794


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
43804 Peterting 1991 RL4 Peter M. Ting (born 1948), American anesthesiologist JPL  · 43804
43806 Augustepiccard 1991 RG7 Auguste Piccard (1884–1962), Swiss physicist, explorer of the upper stratosphere and the depths of the ocean JPL  · 43806
43813 Kühner 1991 TQ2 Stefan Kühner (born 1970), a German electronics technician, is an enthusiastic amateur astronomer and experienced short-wave radio operator JPL  · 43813
43841 Marcustacitus 1993 HB Marcus Claudius Tacitus (c. 200–276), Roman emperor JPL  · 43841
43843 Cleynaerts 1993 NC2 Nicolas Cleynaerts (1495–1542), a Flemish humanist JPL  · 43843
43844 Rowling 1993 OX2 J. K. Rowling (born 1965), British author, best known for the Harry Potter series JPL  · 43844
43859 Naoyayano 1994 AN15 Naoya (born 1998) and Ayano Fujii (born 2001), children of Hiroshi Fujii, who co-discovered this minor planet. JPL  · 43859
43881 Cerreto 1995 DA13 Cerreto d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy, home to the Cerreto d'Asti Astronomical Observatory JPL  · 43881
43882 Maurivicoli 1995 EM1 Maurizio Vicoli (born 1964), Italian philosopher and astronomer JPL  · 43882
43889 Osawatakaomi 1995 QH Osawa Takaomi (born 1957), Japanese pharmacist and amateur astronomer, independent discoverer of comet C/1996 B1 JPL  · 43889
43890 Katiaottani 1995 QT3 Katia Ottani (1959–2006), Italian elementary-school teacher and friend of Ermes Colombini, who co-discovered this minor planet JPL  · 43890


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Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
43908 Hiraku 1995 WE7 Hiraku Togashi (born 1955) became a member of the Yamagata Astronomical Society in 1998 and actively popularizes astronomy. JPL  · 43908
43924 Martoni 1996 DV1 Aurora Martoni (born 2012), granddaughter of Antonio Vagnozzi who discovered this minor planet JPL  · 43924
43931 Yoshimi 1996 PR9 Yoshimi Takahashi (1925–2005), Japanese amateur astronomer who contributed to the establishment of the Nanyo Astronomical Lovers Club and the Nanyo Citizen's Astronomical Observatory JPL  · 43931
43935 Danshechtman 1996 TF Dan Shechtman (born 1941) is an Israeli physicist who won the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2011 JPL  · 43935
43954 Chýnov 1997 CT5 The Czech town of Chýnov in south Bohemia, site of a well-known cave discovered in 1863 MPC  · 43954
43955 Fixlmüller 1997 CE6 Placidus Fixlmillner (Fixlmüller; 1721–1791), Austrian astronomer JPL  · 43955
43956 Elidoro 1997 CD7 Claudio Elidoro (born 1956), Italian astronomer and popularizer JPL  · 43956
43957 Invernizzi 1997 CL13 Luca Invernizzi (born 1966), Italian author and amateur astronomer, founder of the Astronomy Club at Valtellina (Italian: Associazione Astrofili Valtellinesi and co-promoter of the Giuseppe Piazzi Observatory (C63) JPL  · 43957
43971 Gabzdyl 1997 GB4 Pavel Gabzdyl (born 1974), Czech planetary astronomer and author JPL  · 43971
43993 Mariola 1997 OK Mariola Magnoni Tieghi (born 1934), former president of the Como Inner Wheel Club MPC  · 43993
43998 Nanyoshino 1997 QB3 Nanyo Yosginogawa River flows through the center of Nanyo City, Yamagata prefecture, and joins Mogami River. JPL  · 43998
43999 Gramigna 1997 QC3 Paolo Gramigna (born 1946), Italian amateur astronomer at the Livergnano Observatory (436) JPL  · 43999


  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.

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List of minor planets: 43,001–44,000
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