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c00L! The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid for Mr. Rogers, who died Feb. 27.
"I doubt that there are many who have not been touched in some way by the life and work of Fred Rogers," said John G. Radzilowicz, director of the Henry Buhl Jr. Planetarium & Observatory at the science center.
The asteroid in question [formerly known as Number 26858] was discovered in 1993 by E.F. Helin at Palomar Observatory in California.
There are about 30,000 known asteroids orbiting the sun, and about 9,000 of them have names. They are named for everyone from famous scientists, like "Newtonia" and "Sagan," to personalities in other fields, including "Johnny" (in honor of TV host Johnny Carson), "Cronkite" and "Jesseowens."
"Misterrogers" can be found between the orbits of Mars and Jupiter, and is about 218 million miles from the Sun, which it takes about 3˝ years to orbit.