Dictionary of Minor Planet Names
Springer, 1997 - 939 sidor
In 1988 the IAU Commission 20 established a study group to elucidate the meanings of asteroid names. Later on the author continued in collecting and indexing all new relevant data. This book contains the names, and their meanings, of all - as yet 5252 - named minor planets. It informs about the discoverers as well as the circumstances of the discovery of all 7041 minor planets that were numbered up to June 1996. In addition to being of practical value for identification purposes, the collection provides a most interesting historical insight into the work of those astronomers who over two centuries vested their affinities in a rich and colourful variety of ingenious names, from heavenly goddesses to more prosaic constructions.
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Catalogue of Minor Planet Names
Categories of Minor Planet Names