Asteroid Named After Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy has been immortalized as a celestial body.

Asteroid 4864 has been dubbed 4864 Nimoy in honor of the late Star Trek actor. Part of the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, Slate reports 4864 Nimoy is roughly 10km across (approx. 6 miles) and orbits the Sun every 3.9 years. It was first discovered in 1988.

Nimoy is best known for his role as Spock, the half-human, half-Vulcan officer from the original Star Trek television show and movies. This show was well-known for being science fiction borrowing heavily from science fact to construct its premise and episodes, and many modern scientists attribute their interest in the field to the original television show. Thus, it makes sense to give the late Mr. Nimoy’s namesake a formation important to modern astronomy.

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