Meanings of minor planet names: 46001–47000

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]


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46053 Davidpatterson 2001 DB77 David Patterson, American amateur astronomer, founding member of the Huachuca Astronomy Club MPC  · 46053
46095 Frédérickoby 2001 ER25 Frédéric-Édouard Koby (1890–1969), Swiss ophthalmologist and paleontologist, specialist on the cave bear JPL  · 46095


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46277 Jeffhall 2001 JH7 Jeffrey C. Hall, director of Lowell Observatory JPL  · 46277
46280 Hollar 2001 KD18 Václav Hollar, 17th-century Czech painter and graphic artist JPL  · 46280


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46392 Bertola 2002 AO6 Francesco Bertola, Italian author, professor of astrophysics and director of the astronomy department at Padua University JPL  · 46392


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46441 Mikepenston 2002 LE30 Michael Penston, British astronomer JPL  · 46441
46442 Keithtritton 2002 LK35 Keith Tritton, British astronomer; the discoverers recently found his lost short-period comet D/1978 C1, now known as 157P/Tritton JPL  · 46442


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46513 Ampzing 1972 FC Samuel Ampzing, Dutch minister, poet and purist JPL  · 46513
46514 Lasswitz 1977 JA Kurd Lasswitz, German philosopher and poet JPL  · 46514
46539 Viktortikhonov 1982 UE12 Viktor Vasilyevich Tikhonov (1930–2014), an outstanding Soviet ice hockey player and coach. JPL  · 46539
46563 Oken 1991 RY3 Lorenz Oken, German professor of medicine and Romantic natural philosopher, founder of the Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte (Society of German Naturalists and Physicians) JPL  · 46563
46568 Stevenlee 1991 SL Steven Lee, Australian astronomer, discoverer of comet C/1999 H1 (Lee) JPL  · 46568
46580 Ryouichiirie 1992 GC Ryouichi Irie (born 1949), a Japanese amateur astronomer in Toyooka city, Hyogo prefecture, and an independent discoverer of C/1988 P1 (Machholz). JPL  · 46580
46595 Kita-Kyushu 1992 YB4 Kita-Kyushu, a city in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan JPL  · 46595
46596 Tobata 1993 BD Tobata, a ward of Kita-Kyushu City in Fukuoka prefecture, Japan JPL  · 46596


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46610 Bésixdouze 1993 TQ1 The number 46610 translates to the hexadecimal B612 (the French "bé-six-douze" stands for "b-six-twelve"), the designation of the fictitious minor planet on which Saint-Exupéry's Little Prince lived JPL  · 46610
46632 RISE 1994 TN15 The RISE (Research of Interior Structure and Evolution of solar system bodies) project of the National Astronomical Observatory of Japan aims to elucidate the origin and evolution of the Moon, planets and their moons mainly through geodetic approaches by space missions. JPL  · 46632
46643 Yanase 1995 KM Takashi Yanase, Japanese cartoonist JPL  · 46643
46644 Lagia 1995 OF Livia "Lagia" Giacomini, Italian scientific journalist and astrophysicist JPL  · 46644
46669 Wangyongzhi 1996 LK Wang Yongzhi, Chinese aerospace expert which was the first chief architect of China's manned space flight JPL  · 46669
46686 Anitasohus 1997 AS13 From 1974 to 2006, Anita Sohus (born 1951) undertook multiple roles on Voyager and Galileo in JPL's Outreach and Education Office, communicating NASA's science results to the science community and the public JPL  · 46686
46689 Hakuryuko 1997 AL19 Hakuryuko is the name of the marsh located in the northeastern part of Akayu hot spring, Nanyo city, Yamagata. JPL  · 46689
46692 Taormina 1997 CW1 Taormina, Sicily MPC  · 46692


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46702 Linapucci 1997 DX Lina Pucci, mother of the first discoverer JPL  · 46702
46719 Plantade 1997 PJ François de Plantade, French cartographer and astronomer, founder of the Société royale des sciences de Montpellier (Royal Society of Sciences of Montpellier) JPL  · 46719
46720 Pierostroppa 1997 PO4 Piero Stroppa, Italian physics teacher and astronomy populariser, who worked for the magazine Nuovo Orione JPL  · 46720
46722 Ireneadler 1997 RA1 Irene Adler, heroine of the Sherlock Holmes story A Scandal in Bohemia JPL  · 46722
46727 Hidekimatsuyama 1997 SN25 Hideki Matsuyama (born 1970) became a member of the Nanyo Astronomical Lovers Club in 1990 and actively popularizes astronomy JPL  · 46727
46731 Prieurblanc 1997 TB18 Pierre Prieur-Blanc, one of the three people involved in the construction of the Observatoire de Paris' coronagraphic station on Pic de Château-Renard at Saint-Véran in the Hautes-Alpes JPL  · 46731
46737 Anpanman 1997 VO Anpanman, Takashi Yanase's cartoon hero, whose head is a bun filled with sweet bean jam JPL  · 46737
46793 Phinney 1998 JP Jeffrey L. Phinney, American astronomer JPL  · 46793
46796 Mamigasakigawa 1998 KU Mamigasakigawa is the river that flows through the center of Yamagata City. It is a branch of the Mogami River JPL  · 46796


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46824 Tambora 1998 MT38 Mount Tambora on the island of Sumbawa (Indonesia) is an active volcano that exploded in April 1815. It was the most powerful eruption in recorded history, and resulted in a brief period of significant worldwide climate change, including the "Year without a Summer" (1816). JPL  · 46824
46829 McMahon 1998 OS14 Jay W. McMahon (born 1982) has carried out fundamental research on the dynamics and evolutionary behavior of binary asteroids. His work has laid the foundation for a rigorous understanding of the Binary YORP effect and the determination of material parameters of binary asteroids based on remote observations. JPL  · 46829


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46920 Suzanedwards 1998 SX12 Suzan Edwards (born 1951) is the L. Clark Seelye Professor of Astronomy at Smith College. Edwards studies and has made significant contributions to the understanding of the formation of stars, the evolution of planet-forming disks, and the role played by disk- and stellar-driven winds during the early phases of stellar evolution. JPL  · 46920
46977 Krakow 1998 SE144 Krakow, Poland JPL  · 46977


  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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Meanings of minor planet names
List of minor planets: 46,001–47,000
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