Start My Family Tree Welcome to Geni, home of the world's largest family tree.
Join Geni to explore your genealogy and family history in the World's Largest Family Tree.

So There's an Astronomical Object Named for You?

Project Tags

view all


  • Tikhon Nikolayevich Khrennikov (1913 - 2007)
    Tikhon Khrennikov was a Russian and Soviet composer, pianist, and General Secretary of the Union of Soviet Composers (1948–1991), who was also known for his political activities.
  • Benjamin Apthorp Gould (1824 - 1896)
    Benjamin Apthorp Gould was a pioneering American astronomer. He is noted for creating the Astronomical Journal, discovering the Gould Belt, and for founding of the Argentine National Observatory and th...
  • Prof. Dr. Ralph Copeland (1837 - 1905)
    [ ][ ][ ]Copeland studierte von 1865 bis 1867 Astronomie an der Georg-August-Universität Göttingen und blieb bis 1869 an der dortigen Sternwarte. 1869/70 nahm er an der zweiten deutschen Nordpolarexped...
  • Caroline Lucretia Herschel (1750 - 1848)
    Biographical Summary == Caroline Lucretia Herschel (16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848) was a German-British astronomer and the sister of astronomer Sir William Herschel with whom she worked throughout bot...
  • Aleksey Aleksandrovich Kaverin (1904 - 1976)
    The minor planet 1976 170CC, Minor Planet Circular 1976 , is named after the Irkutsk astronomer Alexei Alexandrovich Kaverin (1904–1976), associate professor, candidate of physical and mathematical sci...


There are probably a few thousand astronomical objects named after people. These include the names of a few thousand asteroids and hundreds of comets. Also, many topological features on solar system bodies have been named after people, including many hundreds of craters on the Moon, Mars and other planets and satellites. In addition to craters there are also various other topological features such as mountains, valleys, ridges on the Moon and other bodies which are also named after people. Finally, a very few stars are named after people (according to the IAU), such as Barnard's star. Thus this list is somewhat incomplete. (Star-registry companies keep lists of stars they claim to have named after people. The IAU does not recognize those claims.)

Please add names of historical (not mythological or fictional) profiles to this project.