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4942 Munroe

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Discovered by  H. Debehogne
MPC designation  4942 Munroe
Discovered  24 February 1987
Discoverer  Henri Debehogne
Discovery site  La Silla Observatory
Discovery date  24 February 1987
Observation arc  22177 days (60.72 yr)
Orbits  Sun
Asteroid family  Eunomia family
Asteroid group  Asteroid belt
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Alternative names  1987 DU6; 1955 MS 1971 GE; 1990 CB
Minor planet category  main-belt (Eunomia family)
Similar  Solar System, Asteroid belt, Sun, 85 Io

4942 Munroe (1987 DU6) is a main-belt minor planet discovered by Henri Debehogne at La Silla Observatory in Chile on February 24, 1987.

In 2013, it was named after Randall Munroe, a former NASA roboticist and the author of the xkcd webcomic. The name was chosen by xkcd readers Lewis Hulbert and Jordan Zhu.

Munroe calculates that the asteroid is between 6 and 10 kilometers in diameter, comparable in size to the Chicxulub asteroid.

References

4942 Munroe Wikipedia


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