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4942 Munroe

Former NASA roboticist and internet folk hero Randall Munroe is the artist behind the web comic xkcd, a strip about “romance, sarcasm, math, and language.” He is brilliant at what he does. (Genius credentials: this 3,099-panel comic and meditation on time.) Several entries in the xkcd archives tackle science and math, and now, deservedly, Munroe has gotten an asteroid named after him.

From his blog:

Munroe calculated the size of his namesake (because that is what he does), and puts it at about 6 to 10 kilometers in diameter, comparable to the asteroid that killed off the dinosaurs. Right now, though, it’s orbiting harmlessly between Mars and Jupiter.