12 Oct '11, 5pm

Asteroids named after Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have cosmic rendezvous:

Asteroids named after Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan have cosmic rendezvous:

"Once the asteroid has been observed enough so that its orbit is well determined, it receives a sequential number, and the discoverer can name the asteroid," ESO astronomer Olivier Hainaut wrote in an e-mail to SPACE.com. "There are some constraints on the name that can be chosen, but in short, that name has to be 'usable' and should not be offensive, political or commercial. The citation and justification are completely left to the sole opinion of the discoverer."

Full article: http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/space/stories/asteroids-...

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