Tuesday, September 08, 2015

An asteroid named Romero

Carlos at the Super Martyrio blog reports that martyred Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero now has an asteroid named after him:

The naming of the celestial body, formerly known as “13703 (1998 OR13)” (based on the year of its discovery), for Romero was quietly announced at the end of last month by the Committee on Small Body Nomenclature of the International Astronomical Union in a publication called a Minor Planet Circular, dated August 29. A page on the website of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory confirms that 13703 Romero was named for Archbishop Romero.
Romero was beatified earlier this year by the Roman Catholic church.

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