Meanings of minor planet names: 69001–70000

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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 approved and published in a bulletin by IAU's Working Group for Small Bodies Nomenclature (WGSBN).[1] Before May 2021, citations were published in MPC's Minor Planet Circulars for many decades.[2] Recent citations can also be found on the JPL Small-Body Database (SBDB).[3] 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.[4][5]

Based on Paul Herget's The Names of the Minor Planets,[6] Schmadel also researched the unclear origin of numerous asteroids, most of which had been named prior to World War II. Public Domain This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain: SBDB New namings may only be added to this list below after official publication as the preannouncement of names is condemned.[7] The WGSBN publishes a comprehensive guideline for the naming rules of non-cometary small Solar System bodies.[8]


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


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69159 Ivanking 2003 JE16 Ivan R. King (born 1927), prominent astronomer working mainly on the studies of globular clusters. He is best known for a family of dynamical models that bear his name. He is a recipient of numerous professional honors and distinctions, including the Presidency of the American Astronomical Society. JPL · 69159


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69228 Kamerunberg 5173 T-3 Mount Cameroon (called Kamerunberg in German), the 4040-meter active volcano, situated in Cameroon near the Gulf of Guinea. JPL · 69228
69230 Hermes 1937 UB Hermes, from Greek mythology, messenger of the gods, son of Zeus and Maia. His attributes are the most complex and varied of those of any of the major gods. He was a deity of wealth, god of trade and travelers, of commerce, manual skill, oratory and eloquence, of thieves and of the wind. Named by the Astronomisches Rechen-Institut. JPL · 69230
69231 Alettajacobs 1972 FE Aletta Jacobs (1854–1929), the first Dutch woman to graduate from a university and the first Dutch female physician. She helped initiate The Hague Congress of 1915 that led to the formation of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. The name was suggested by L. E. Timmerman. JPL · 69231
69245 Persiceto 1981 EO San Giovanni in Persiceto, a small Italian town near Bologna, where an enthusiastic group of amateur astronomers, with the strong support of the municipality, created the Museo del Cielo e della Terra, a large complex devoted to the popularization of the natural sciences, in particular astronomy. JPL · 69245
69259 Savostyanov 1982 ST7 Savostyanov Fedor Vasil'evich (1924–2012), a Russian painter who painted portraits, landscapes, genre and battle paintings. JPL · 69259
69260 Tonyjudt 1982 TJ Tony Judt (1948–2010), an English-American historian, essayist, and historian. He is the Erich Maria Remarque Professor in European Studies at New York University, known for his publications on Israel and France, and especially for his book Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. JPL · 69260
69261 Philaret 1982 YM1 Philaret (Vasily Mikhailovich Drozdov, 1783–1867), metropolitan bishop of Moscow and Kolomna, was an honorary member of the Imperial Academy of Sciences, and ordinary academician in the Department of Russian Language and Literature. Name suggested by N. N. Drozdov. JPL · 69261
69263 Big Ben 1987 BB2 Big Ben, at Westminster, is the nickname of both the great bell and clock tower of the world's largest four-faced chiming clock. In May 2009 it celebrated its 150th anniversary. JPL · 69263
69264 Nebra 1988 PE4 The German town of Nebra where the Nebra sky disk from the Bronze Age has been found. First documented in 876, it is located on the Unstrut river, 35 kilometers from Tautenburg, where the discovering observatory is located. JPL · 69264
69275 Wiesenthal 1989 WD4 Simon Wiesenthal (1908–2005), Austro-Hungarian Nazi war criminal hunter who survived the Nazi camps of World War II. After the war, he courageously gathered data on the perpetrators of the Holocaust. He wrote several books, including I Hunted Eichmann and The Murderers Among Us. JPL · 69275
69286 von Liebig 1990 TN9 Justus von Liebig (1803–1873), a German chemist and full professor who made many important contributions to the fields of inorganic and organic, biological and agricultural chemistry. Students from all over Europe came to study with him. He introduced the mineral fertilizers. JPL · 69286
69287 Günthereichhorn 1990 TW10 Günther Eichhorn (born 1945), a German-American astronomer who developed and managed the Astrophysics Data System from 1992 to 2007. For this work he was awarded the 2008 Award for Services in Astronomy from the Royal Astronomical Society. JPL · 69287
69288 Berlioz 1990 TW11 Hector Berlioz (1803–1869), French Romantic composer and critic who is known for his dramatic Symphonie fantastique and great Requiem. He is regarded as the founder of the Program music. His paper Treatise on Instrumentation served as a leading handbook for later tonalists. JPL · 69288
69295 Stecklum 1991 TO6 Bringfried Stecklum (born 1954) is a German astrophysicist working on star formation with emphasis on high angular resolution measurements. In 2010 he resumed asteroid observations using the Tautenburg 1.34-m Schmidt telescope, with the main focus on near-Earth object confirmation. JPL · 69295


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69311 Russ 1992 QC Russell Mark Steel (born 1964), brother of Duncan Steel who discovered this minor planet JPL · 69311
69312 Rogerbacon 1992 SH17 Roger Bacon (c. 1219–1292), English philosopher JPL · 69312


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69406 Martz-Kohl 1995 SX48 The US Martz-Kohl Observatory is located in Frewsburg, New York, named after Marshal Martz and Ron Kohl's, who built one of the world's largest amateur telescopes for the observatory in the 1950s (Src). IAU · 69406
69421 Keizosaji 1995 YT2 Keizo Saji (1919–1999), well-known businessman in Japan and the honorary chief of the Saji Astro Park JPL · 69421
69423 Openuni 1996 AA2 The Open University (founded 23 April 1969) is the world's leading university for flexible, innovative distance learning, having educated over 2 million part-time students. Through its research in astronomy, planetary and space science, the OU has a distinguished history of involvement in major Solar System exploration missions. IAU · 69423
69434 de Gerlache 1996 HC21 Adrien de Gerlache (1866–1934), Belgian naval officer who led the Belgian Antarctic Expedition of 1897 to 1899 JPL · 69434
69460 Christibarnard 1996 UO1 Christiaan Barnard (1922–2001) was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first human-to-human heart transplant in 1967 . JPL · 69460
69469 Krumbenowe 1996 WR Krumbenowe (Chrumbenowe) is the oldest documented name of the town of Český Krumlov. Dating from the mid–13th century, the name seems to originate from German words "Krumben Ouwe", "Krumme Aue" (skew mead) or, maybe, from the much older "Wilt Ahwa" (wild water), referring to the Vltava river. JPL · 69469
69496 Zaoryuzan 1997 AE22 Zao Ryuzan, a 1362-meter mountain located to the southeast of Yamagata city, Yamagata prefecture, Japan JPL · 69496
69500 Ginobartali 1997 CB6 Gino Bartali (1914–2000), an Italian cyclist. JPL · 69500


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69565 Giulioscarfi 1998 AZ4 Giulio Scarfì (born 1964), an Italian amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets, who owns the Monte Viseggi Observatory (126) as well as the Iota Scorpii Observatory (K78) in Italy. His interests include asteroid photometry (rotational light-curves) and near-Earth object observations. IAU · 69565
69585 Albertoraugei 1998 DN35 Alberto Raugei (born 1963) has been an amateur astronomer at the Gruppo Astrofili Montelupo since 1995. He is the business consultant of the group. IAU · 69585
69594 Ulferika 1998 FF11 Erika (born 1940) and Ulf Lehmann (born 1939), the parents of the discoverer Gerhard Lehmann JPL · 69594


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


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69754 Mosesmendel 1998 MM39 Moses Mendelssohn (1729–1786), German-Jewish philosopher JPL · 69754


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69869 Haining 1998 SX62 The Chinese Haining City, located at the southern tip of the Yangtze River in northern Zhejiang province JPL · 69869
69870 Fizeau 1998 SM64 Hyppolite Fizeau (1819–1896), a French physicist who improved photographic processes JPL · 69870


Named minor planet Provisional This minor planet was named for... Ref · Catalog
69961 Millosevich 1998 VS33 Elia Millosevich (1848–1919), Italian astronomer and discoverer of minor planets MPC · 69961
69971 Tanzi 1998 WD2 Pepe Tanzi (born 1945), Italian lighting industrial designer JPL · 69971
69977 Saurodonati 1998 WL9 Sauro Donati (born 1959), Italian amateur astronomer and discoverer of minor planets JPL · 69977


  1. ^ "WGSBN Bulletin Archive". Working Group Small Body Nomenclature. 14 May 2021. Retrieved 16 May 2021.
  2. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  3. ^ "JPL – Solar System Dynamics: Discovery Circumstances". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 25 June 2019.
  4. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 27 July 2016.
  5. ^ 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.
  6. ^ Herget, Paul (1968). The Names of the Minor Planets. Cincinnati, Ohio: Minor Planet Center, Cincinnati Observatory. OCLC 224288991.
  7. ^ "Guide to Minor Body Astrometry – When can I name my discovery?". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 20 July 2019.
  8. ^ "Minor Planet Naming Guidelines (Rules and Guidelines for naming non-cometary small Solar-System bodies) – v1.0" (PDF). Working Group Small Body Nomenclature (PDF). 20 December 2021.

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List of minor planets: 69,001–70,000
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