Dictionary of Minor Planet Names
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Schmadel, Lutz D. and Burkhardt, Gernot: Dictionary of Minor Planet Names: 7th, revised and extended edition, Heidelberg: heiBOOKS, 2022. https://doi.org/10.11588/heibooks.1052

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Lutz D. Schmadel and Gernot Burkhardt

Dictionary of Minor Planet Names

7th, revised and extended edition

The Dictionary of Minor Planet Names (DMPN) is the official reference for the field of the IAU, the internationally recognised authority for assigning designations to celestial bodies and any surface features on them. The discovery rate of minor planets has made necessary a new edition of this established compendium: this thoroughly revised seventh edition presents 22,977 minor planets named at the end of 2021 and provides authoritative information about the basis for all names of minor planets. It 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  more prosaic constructions to heavenly goddesses. This seventh edition serves as the primary reference, with supplementary booklets with newly named bodies to be issued every three years.

Dr. Lutz D. Schmadel (1942–2016), astronomer and computer of orbits and ephemerides of minor planets at Astronomisches Rechen-Institut, Heidelberg, has discovered more than 230 minor planets. He founded the DMPN and authored the first six editions on behalf of Commision 20 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU). As member of the IAU he was affiliated to several divisions and commisions including Division III Commission 20 (Positions & Motions of Minor Planets, Comets & Satellites), Commission 5 (Documentation & Astronomical Data), Commission 41 (History of Astronomy), as well as the Committee on Small Bodies Nomenclature (CSBN).

Gernot Burkhardt, né Klein, born 1951 in Heidelberg, school attendance in Mannheim to the general qualification for university entrance, studied astronomy in Heidelberg, worked until his retirement at Astronomisches Rechen-Institut in Heidelberg mainly in the Bibliography group and the project DMPN by Lutz D. Schmadel since its beginning in 1988. For the now published 10 editions about names of Minor Planets he steadily developed the database further and was responsible for the production of the books.

Catalogue of Minor Planet Names and Discovery Circumstances
Index of Minor Planet Names