‘Star Trek’ fans were devastated by the loss of Leonard Nimoy back in February, but the iconic television star will be immortalized because an asteroid has recently been named after him.
Called 4864 Nimoy, the asteroid is located within the belt between Mars and Jupiter. It orbits the sun every 3.9 years. Initially discovered in 1988, it’s around 10 km across and likely contains ice within it.
Here’s a brief statement:
Discovered 1988 Sept. 2 by H. Debehogne at the European Southern Observatory. Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015) was an American actor, film director and poet. Best known for his portrayal of the half-Vulcan/half-human science officer Spock in the original “Star Trek” TV series and subsequent movies, Nimoy wrote two autobiographies: ‘I Am Not Spock’ (1975) and ‘I Am Spock’ (1995).
‘Slates’’s astronomy blogger Phil Plait included an orbital diagram displaying 4864 Nimoy on the day he passed. Take a look.Diagram by NASA / JPL / Ron Baalke