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||Did you know there's a minor planet (an asteroid) named after Villa-Lobos? This information comes from the The Minor Planet Center (MPC,) which operates at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, under the auspices of Commission 20 of the International Astronomical Union (IAU.)|
|The designation is (7244) Villa-Lobos = 1991 PQ1. (7244) Villa-Lobos was discovered by E.W. Elst at the European Southern Observatory in La Silla, Chile, on August 5, 1991.|
|As I learned
from the excellent European Southern Observatory's website:
|Villa-Lobos is in good company. Browsing through the MPC Name List of Minor Planets, I found:|
|There are plenty more: astronomers seem to be quite a musical lot. The MPC website includes a page of Rock and Rollers who have minor planets named for them.|
|I haven't been able to track down a picture of (7244) Villa-Lobos yet, but here's one of (4150) Starr - an asteroid named for Ringo Starr, about 7-15 km. in diameter, in orbit about 300 million miles from the sun.|
|Any astronomers out there who have new information to add, or who can correct any mistakes I've made, please let me know.|
|[Thanks to Maria-Laura Harris for the animated image above - the image is copyrighted 1997, Maria-Laura Harris, all rights reserved. Check out her Animal Hut page of images.]|