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Asteroid Is Named in Mister Rogers’ Honor
PITTSBURGH – Mister Rogers now has an asteroid named in his honor.
“Misterrogers,” formerly known as No. 26858, honors Fred Rogers, creator and host of public television’s “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” Rogers died Feb. 27 at age 74.
“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 Carnegie Science Center, which made the announcement Thursday.
The science center worked with Family Communications Inc., the production company Rogers founded, to produce a planetarium show for preschoolers called “The Sky Above Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.” The show now plays at 15 planetariums across the country.
“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 1/2 years to orbit. It was discovered in 1993 by E.F. Helin at the Palomar Observatory in California.
The International Astronomical Union names comets, asteroids and surface features such as moon craters after individuals. The honors cannot be bought, and they are based on merits judged by the astronomers.