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Asteroid Naming Citations

These asteroid names have been officially approved by the International Astronomical Union

Below are the official naming citations for the 21 asteroids which I have been able to name so far. I formally or informally discovered these asteroids in either: NEAT archive imagery (informally, formal discovery rights of these are NEAT); as part of the Piszkéstetö Observatory asteroid survey (formally, with Krisztián Sárneczky); and one asteroid I discovered from MPC G68 Sierra Stars (formally).

Many thanks are due to Kenneth Lawrence of the NEAT survey and to Krisztián Sárneczky from the Piszkéstetö Survey for their help; and to the IAU Committee on Small Body Nomenclature for approving of these naming suggestions and making them official.

For a list of all my asteroid discoveries, see this separate page.

The following asteroids have been given names proposed by me:

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 number    name              temp desig     published                      year
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 (132798)  Kürti             2002 PU167     Minor Planet Circular 64313    2008
 (132820)  Miskotte          2002 QX65      Minor Planet Circular 64313    2008
 (142014)  Neirinck          2002 PA168     Minor Planet Circular 64313    2008
 (179678)  Rietmeijer        2002 QS66      Minor Planet Circular 64314    2008
 (206241)  Dubois            2002 WM28      Minor Planet Circular 66245    2009
 (213629)  Binford           2002 QK67      Minor Planet Circular 70411    2010
 (215463)  Jobse             2002 QQ66      Minor Planet Circular 70411    2010
 (551014)  Gorman            2012 UU185     WGSBN Bulletin vol. 1 nr 7     2021
 (555292)  Bakels            2013 UZ32      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 1 nr 8     2021
 (563318)  ten Kate          2016 CD144     WGSBN Bulletin vol. 1 nr 10    2021
 (576466)  Scherpenisse      2012 SM58      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 3 nr 15    2023
 (627520)  Corbey            2008 WH154     WGSBN Bulletin vol. 3 nr 16    2023
 (276389)  Winkel            2002 WV28      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 1     2024 *
 (287432)  Bril              2002 WP28      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 1     2024 *
 (287433)  de Groot          2002 WQ28      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 1     2024 *
 (298232)  Ericlimburg       2002 UA77      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 1     2024 *
 (338371)  Gerritsen         2002 XO119     WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 1     2024 *
 (651370)  Kolen             2013 AZ51      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 5     2024 
 (677772)  Bettonvil         2017 DA23      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 7     2024 **
 (434180)  Brosens           2002 UB77      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 8     2024 *
 (615355)  Jacobkuiper       2002 WW29      WGSBN Bulletin vol. 4 nr 8     2024 
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 *  on a request/initiative from Harrie (236810) Rutten
 ** on co-initiative of Sebastiaan de Vet

Citation texts as published (latest at bottom):

from: MPC 64313 (2008):

(132798) Kürti = 2002 PU167
Stefan Kürti (b. 1960) is a Slovakian amateur astronomer with a focus on minor planets. Among his discoveries are two near-earth objects. The name was suggested by M. Langbroek.

from: MPC 64313 (2008):

(132820) Miskotte = 2002 QX65
Koen Miskotte (b. 1962) is a Dutch confectioner and amateur astronomer whose main interests lie in meteor astronomy. He is a very prolific meteor observer, active within the Dutch Meteor Society. The name was suggested by M. Langbroek.

from: MPC 64313 (2008):

(142014) Neirinck = 2002 PA168
French-born Pierre Neirinck (b. 1926) headed the Satellite Orbits Group at Appleton Laboratory in the U.K. during the 1970s. Now retired, he still coordinates the international amateur satellite observations. The name was suggested by M. Langbroek.

from: MPC 64314 (2008):

(179678) Rietmeijer = 2002 QS66
Frans J.M. Rietmeijer (b. 1949) is a Dutch-born planetary geologist specializing on interplanetary dust particles. He is a research professor at the University of New Mexico. The name was suggested by M. Langbroek.

from: MPC 66245 (2009):

(206241) Dubois = 2002 WM28
Dutch anatomist, surgeon and paleontologist Marie Eugène François Thomas Dubois (1858-1940) was the "founding father" of palaeoanthropology. His dedicated search culminated in 1891 with the discovery of the first Homo erectus fossils in a bank of the Solo river near Trinil, Java. The name was suggested by M. Langbroek.

from: MPC 70411 (2010):

(213629) Binford = 2002 QK67
Lewis R. Binford (b. 1930) is an American archaeologist and anthropologist. He was one of the main figures behind the development of the “New Archaeology” or “Processual Archaeology”, the major theoretical and methodological improvements to archaeology taking place during the 1960s to 1980s.

from: MPC 70411 (2010):

(215463) Jobse = 2002 QQ66
Klaas Jobse (b. 1955) is a Dutch gardener and amateur astronomer who operates the Cyclops Observatory in Oostkapelle and a fireball all-sky camera. His main focus is on near-earth-asteroid follow-up, meteoric fireballs and video meteor observations. The name was suggested by M. Langbroek.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 1. nr 7 (2021):

(551014) Gorman = 2012 UU185
Alice Gorman (b. 1964) is an Australian archaeologist and an expert in lithic analysis and Heritage management. She is one of the pioneers in the field of space archaeology, the study of human material culture in space and related material culture on earth.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 1. nr 8 (2021):

(555292) Bakels = 2013 UZ32
Corrie Bakels (b. 1942) is a Dutch archaeobotanist, specializing on the (pre-)history of farming and its influence on the landscape. She is the founder of the archaeobotanical laboratory at Leiden University and was the first female member of the Dutch National Academic Council.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 1. nr 10 (2021):

(563318) ten Kate = 2016 CD144
Inge Loes ten Kate (b. 1976) is a Dutch astrobiologist at Utrecht University. She is a specialist on Martian environments and was involved in developing instruments for the Curiosity Mars rover.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 3. nr 15 (2023):

(576466) Scherpenisse = 2012 SM58
Chiara Scherpenisse (1986–2007) was a close friend of the discoverer. She worked with children and persons with intellectual disabilities in the Netherlands, and aspired to be a nurse.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 3. nr 16 (2023):

(627520) Corbey = 2008 WH154
Raymond Corbey (b. 1954) is a Dutch emeritus professor in the Philosophy of Science and Anthropology at Leiden University, known for his research on human/animal boundary perceptions and the evolution of human cognition, sociality and cultural behavior.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 1 (2024):

(276389) Winkel = 2002 WV28
Jan Maarten Winkel (b. 1961) is a Dutch amateur astronomer and former treasurer of the Dutch Society of Observers of Occultations and Minor Planets, as well as the editor of its journal Occultus. He is an active observer of lunar and asteroid occultations.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 1 (2024):

(287432) Bril = 2002 WP28
Henk Bril (b. 1962) is a Dutch amateur astronomer, and former chair of the Dutch Society of Observers of Occultations and Minor Planets, as well as editor of its journal Occultus. He organized many observing expeditions targeting lunar and asteroid occultations.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 1 (2024):

(287433) de Groot = 2002 WQ28
Henk de Groot (b. 1954) is a Dutch amateur astronomer and secretary of the Dutch Society of Observers of Occultations and Minor Planets. He is an active observer of stellar occultations and asteroid brightness variations.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 1 (2024):

(298232) Ericlimburg = 2002 UA77
Eric Limburg (b. 1962) is a Dutch amateur astronomer active within the Dutch Society of Observers of Occultations and Minor Planets. He created the Lunar Occultation Workbench, which provides free software for calculating custom Lunar occultation predictions.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 1 (2024):

(338371) Gerritsen = 2002 XO119
Adri Gerritsen (b. 1959) is a Dutch amateur astronomer active within the Dutch Society of Observers of Occultations and Minor Planets. He is known for his calculations of stellar occultation paths, especially those of grazing lunar occultations.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 5 (2024):

(651370) Kolen = 2013 AZ51
Jan Kolen (b. 1962) is a Dutch Professor in Landscape Archaeology and Cultural Heritage at Leiden University. His research focus is on the transformation of landscapes over time, combining historical, geographical and archaeological approaches to create landscape biographies that can guide heritage management.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 7 (2024):

(677772) Bettonvil = 2017 DA23
Felix Bettonvil (b. 1966) is a Dutch engineer and project manager of the NOVA Optical IR Group at Leiden Observatory and ASTRON. He is an active meteor observer and board member and former chair of the Dutch Working Group on Meteors. Felix is active in public outreach on astronomy.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 8 (2024):

(434180) Brosens = 2002 UB77
Jac Brosens (1941–2024) was a Dutch amateur astronomer. He used his knowledge of instrumental optics to upgrade telescopes of public observatories and colleague astronomers. He was an active promoter of observational instrumental astronomy and amateur astrophotography.

from: WGSBN Bulletin vol 4. nr 8 (2024):

(615355) Jacobkuiper = 2002 WW29
Jacob Kuiper (b. 1956) is a Dutch meteorologist, who for 43 years worked at the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) until his retirement in 2021. He has been providing custom weather predictions and guidance to meteor observers during major meteor campaigns for decades.

(Last updated: 11 June 2024)

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