Minor planets named for truly remarkable people.


Named in memory of Il'ya L'vovich Sel'vinskij (1899-1968), poet and publicist, born in the Crimea. His recorded works embrace many styles, among them rock-and-roll, bluegrass and country, and experimental electronic music. The grandfather, who was born in Pinsk, in modern-day Belarus, and later emigrated to Argentina, first showed the discoverer the sky.


Kim Hansell mentored a finalist in the 2004 Discovery Channel Youth Science Challenge (DCYSC), a middle school science competition. He attends the St. Peter Chanel Interparochial School, Paulina, Louisiana. She manages all the observatory's business functions, including accounting, auditing and human resources.


Named in honor of the discoverer's mother Helene Jacquelin, whose love and inspiration have enabled her son to discover new worlds both without and within. One of the best known popular writers on astronomy in Italy, Bianucci has written more than ten popular astronomical books and thousands of scientific articles. The Greek goddess of bright day, daughter of goddess of night Nykta and god of darkness Erebus, Hemera, meaning `day' in Greek, gives rise to the word "ephemeris".


Aoraki, or Aorangi in northern dialects, is the Maori name for New Zealand's highest mountain, 3764 metres high, also known as Mount Cook. Linda (b. 1950) is an active observer. Following a suggestion by J. G. Williams, this planet was named by B. G. Marsden, who made the identifications involving it.


Named in honor of Toshio Fukushima (b. 1954), a Japanese astronomer working mainly on general relativity, positional astronomy and celestial mechanics. He attends the Venture School, San Ramon, California, U.S.A. The earthling Arthur Dent is confronted with the adversities of life, the universe and everything in a highly amusing and entertaining way in Douglas Adam's famous five-volume trilogy The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy.

Data from The IAU Minor Planet Center, mashed up by Leonard Richardson.

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