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Post by Chicago Astronomer Joe on Jul 17, 2006 0:17:26 GMT -6
Asteroid named after JKR
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling now has an asteroid named in her honor. The honor was bestowed by the International Astronomical Union, who named asteroid # 43844 'Rowling.' Dr. Mark Hammergren who discovered the asteroid, is an Astronomer at the Adler Planetarium in Chicago and submitted the name 'Rowling' to the committee for consideration.
The citation reads:
(43844) Rowling = 1993 OX2 The British author Joanne "Jo" Rowling (b. 1965) is best known for her beloved fantasy series featuring the young wizard Harry Potter. Her books have won numerous awards, inspired a love of reading in children around the world and entertained millions of all ages.