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Dictionary of Minor Planet Names

Schmadel, Lutz D.

6th ed. 2012, XII, 1452 p. 5 illus. In 2 volumes, not available separately.

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  • Widely extended 6th edition
  • Lists minor planets named after Nobel Laureates, historical or political figures, artists and various other categories of names
  • With short biographical info of the persons the planets are named after, discovery info and info about the minor planet orbit
  • Published under the auspices of the International Astronomical Union as official reference work on named minor planets

The quantity of numbered minor planets has now well exceeded a quarter million. The new sixth edition of the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names, which is the IAU’s official reference work for the field, now covers more than 17,000 named minor planets. In addition to being of practical value for identification purposes, the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names provides authoritative information on the basis of the rich and colorful variety of ingenious names, from heavenly goddesses to artists, from scientists to Nobel laureates, from historical or political figures to ordinary women and men, from mountains to buildings, as well as a variety of compound terms and curiosities.

This sixth edition of the Dictionary of Minor Planet Names has grown by more than 7,000 entries compared to the fifth edition and by more than 2,000 compared to the fifth edition, including its two addenda published in 2006 and 2009. In addition, there are many  corrections, revisions and updates to the entries published in earlier editions. This work is an abundant source of information for anyone interested in minor planets and who enjoys reading about the people and things minor planets commemorate.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Asteroid names - Astronomical biographical data - Dwarf planets names - IAU naming conventions - Kuiper belt objects names - Minor Planet Names - Minor planets names explained - Names celebrities minor planets - Names gods minor planets - Names people minor planets - Names scientists minor planets - Trans-Neptunian objects names

Related subjects » Astronomy, Observations and Techniques - Extraterrestrial Physics, Space Sciences - Geophysics & Environmental Physics - Geophysics & Geodesy - Popular Astronomy

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