Meanings of Minor Planet Names: 48001-49000
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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 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
48047 Houghten Christopher Houghten, from Rutland, Vermont, who developed a non-computer-based system to allow manually operated telescopes to be GOTO telescopes JPL · 48047
48070 Zizza Frank Zizza, American Associate Professor of Mathematics at the University of Arizona South, and past president of the Huachuca Astronomy Club + MPC · 48070


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48159 Saint-Véran 2001 HY Saint-Véran, the highest village in France, where the Observatoire de Saint-Véran is located JPL · 48159
48171 Juza Karel Juza, Czech astronomer JPL · 48171


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48300 Kronk Gary W. Kronk, American amateur astronomer, programmer-analyst and writer, author of the four-part Cometography JPL · 48300


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48373 Gorgythion 2161 T-3 Gorgythion, bastard son of Priam, killed by an arrow shot by Teucer at Hector during the Trojan War JPL · 48373


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48410 Kolmogorov Andrey Kolmogorov (1903-1987), a Russian academician, professor at the Moscow State University, and outstanding mathematician. JPL · 48410
48411 Johnventre John Ventre (born 1935), a teacher, friend of the discoverer, meteorite expert, and Cincinnati Observatory Center historian JPL · 48411
48415 Dehio 1987 QT Georg Dehio (1850-1932), German art historian JPL · 48415
48416 Carmelita Carmelita Miranda, American astronomy popularizer JPL · 48416
48422 Schrade Hugo Schrade (1900-1974), German optical engineer JPL · 48422
48424 Souchay Jean Souchay (born 1959), French astronomer, uncredited co-discoverer JPL · 48424
48425 Tischendorf Constantin von Tischendorf (1815-1874), German theologian, discoverer of the 4th-century Codex Sinaiticus JPL · 48425
48434 Maxbeckmann Max Beckmann, German-American painter and printmaker JPL · 48434
48435 Jaspers Karl Jaspers, German-Swiss philosopher, physician, and political thinker language JPL · 48435
48447 Hingley Peter D. Hingley (1951-2012), Librarian of the Royal Astronomical Society. JPL · 48447
48451 Pichincha Pichincha is an active stratovolcano in Ecuador, very close to the capital Quito JPL · 48451
48456 Wilhelmwien Wilhelm Wien, German physicist and Nobelist JPL · 48456
48457 Joseffried Josef W. Fried (born 1948), a German astronomer at the Heidelberg Max-Planck-Institut für Astronomie. JPL · 48457
48458 Merian Matthäus Merian, 17th-century Swiss engraver, etcher and book dealer MPC · 48458
48461 Sabrinamaricia Sabrina Maricia Cohen (born 2005), daughter of American co-discoverer Seth M. Cohen. They have enjoyed many Palomar College planetarium visits together and now she can be part of the show. JPL · 48461
48471 Orchiston New Zealander Wayne Orchistron (born 1943) works as an astronomer at the National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand. His main interests lie in the field of history of astronomy. He is the author of many books and the co-founder and editor of the Journal of Astronomical History and Heritage. JPL · 48471
48472 Mössbauer Rudolf Ludwig Mössbauer, German physicist and Nobelist JPL · 48472
48480 Falk Johann Daniel Falk, German writer and social pedagogue, author of the Christmas carol O du fröhliche JPL · 48480
48482 Oruki 1992 CN "Oruki", word in the Tosa (K?chi Prefecture) dialect of Japanese, meaning "the importance of one's presence and reassurance of unflagging support" JPL · 48482
48492 Utewielen Ute Wielen (born 1934) has worked in astronomy for more than 50 years. She was an assistant observer at the Babelsberg Observatory. She later worked as a programmer at astronomical institutes in Berlin and Heidelberg, and is the coauthor of many books on the history of astronomy. JPL · 48492
48495 Ryugado 1993 BB Ryugado, K?chi Prefecture, a Japanese limestone cave JPL · 48495


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48529 von Wrangel Baron Ferdinand von Wrange, a Baltic German explorer and one of the founders of the Russian Geographic Society JPL MPC · 48529
48575 Hawaii 1994 NN Hawaii, the Aloha State, was first visited by Polynesians from Tahiti, rediscovered by James Cook, and in 1959 became the fiftieth U.S. state. Hawaii became a sister state of Ehime prefecture JPL · 48575
48588 Raschröder Rudolf Alexander Schröder, German architect, poet, essayist, and translator JPL · 48588


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48607 Yamagatatemodai Yamagata Tenmondai (Yamagata Astronomical Observatory), was established for educational purposes by the Yamagata University in 2003, using a 0.15-m refractor and a 3D astronomy theater. JPL · 48607
48619 Jianli 1995 KV Jianli County, located in the south of Jianghan plain, has a long history and splendid culture, including many relics from the period of the Three Kingdoms of China. JPL · 48619
48624 Sadayuki 1995 PM Sadayuki Okuni, Japanese high-school teacher with an interest in astronomy, nephew of the discoverer JPL · 48624
48628 Janetfender 1995 RD Janet Fender, American chief scientist of the Space Vehicles Directorate of the AFRL, who instigated AMOS support for the NEAT program JPL · 48628
48631 Hasantufan Hasan Tufan, Tatar poet JPL · 48631
48636 Huangkun Kun Huang, academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences JPL · 48636
48638 T?ebí? 1995 TB T?ebí?, a town in Moravia, is known mainly for the Basilica of St. Procopius built in the early 13th century and the old Jewish Quarter. JPL · 48638
48640 Eziobosso 1995 UD Ezio Bosso (born 1971), an Italian pianist, director and composer of classical music. JPL · 48640
48643 Allen-Beach Bill Allen and Sally Beach, American publishers of the Asteroid/Comet Connection (A/CC) + ? MPC · 48643
48650 Kazanuniversity Kazan University, one of the oldest universities in Russia JPL · 48650
48681 Zeilinger 1996 BZ Anton Zeilinger, Austrian professor of experimental physics JPL · 48681
48700 Hanggao The Hangzhou High School that has made an outstanding contribution to national education since its foundation in 1889 in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China JPL · 48700


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48715 Balbinot Roberto Balbinot (born 1956) is an Italian theoretical physicist who teaches General Relativity at the Bologna University. His fields of research include acoustic black holes, quantum gravity, and field and string theories. JPL · 48715
48720 Enricomentana Enrico Mentana (born 1955) is an Italian journalist and director of Italian TV video news. JPL · 48720
48736 Ehime 1997 DL Ehime prefecture, Japan, the discovery site, sister state of Hawaii JPL · 48736
48737 Cusinato Piergiorgio Cusinato, Italian antique dealer and amateur astronomer JPL · 48737
48767 Skamander Skamander (Skamandros), a son of Zeus, fought on the side of the Trojans in the Trojan War and tried to kill Achilles three times. JPL · 48767
48774 Anngower Ann C. Gower, Canadian radio-astronomer JPL · 48774
48778 Shokoyukako 1997 RE Shoko and Yukako Abe, the discoverer's daughters JPL · 48778
48779 Mariko 1997 RH Mariko Hamada (born 1964), a musician from Matsue-shi, Shimane-ken, Japan. JPL · 48779
48782 Fierz Olga Fierz, Swiss teacher who dedicated all her life to the custody of children in difficult life situations JPL · 48782
48785 Pitter P?emysl Pitter, Czech philanthropist and pacifist, holder of Czech, German and Israeli honors, and whose centenary was cited by UNESCO JPL · 48785
48794 Stolzová Tereza Stolzová, Czech coloratura soprano and soloist for the Teatro la Scala in Milan, Italy + MPC · 48794
48798 Penghuanwu Peng Huanwu, Chinese theoretical physicist JPL · 48798
48799 Tashikuergan Tashikuergan (meaning Stone City) is an ancient city along the Silk Road at the western end in China JPL · 48799


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48801 Penninger Josef Penninger, Austrian director of the Institut für Molekulare Biotechnologie GmbH (Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, IMBA) of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften (Austrian Academy of Sciences, ÖAW) JPL · 48801
48807 Takahata Takahata, Yamagata prefecture, Japan JPL · 48807
48844 Belloves 1998 DW Belloves (Bellovesus), 4th-century BC Celtic prince, the first known Celt in the history of northern Italy + MPC · 48844


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48909 Laurake Laura ("Laurake") De Maeyer, daughter of Belgian psychologist Myriam Kerkhofs and Flemish sculptor Elmer De Maeyer JPL · 48909
48934 Ko?anová 1998 QS Mária Kocanová, Slovak writer, novelist and dramatist. JPL · 48934
48960 Clouet Bernard Clouet, general secretary of the Société astronomique de France (French Astronomical Society) and an observer of double stars JPL · 48960


  1. ^ "MPC/MPO/MPS Archive". Minor Planet Center. Retrieved 2016.
  2. ^ "JPL - Solar System Dynamics: Discovery Circumstances". Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Retrieved 2019.
  3. ^ Schmadel, Lutz D. (2003). Dictionary of Minor Planet Names. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. ISBN 978-3-540-00238-3. Retrieved 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 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 2019.


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