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An asteroid will be named after actor Leonard Nimoy, who played Spock in Star Trekthree months after he passed away from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at the age of 83. The Minor Planet Center announced on June 2 that it has named a 6-mile-wide asteroid in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter 4864 Nimoy in honor of the iconic actor.

There is actually an asteroid in an asteroid belt named 2309 Mr. Spock since 1971, though the astronomer who discovered it named it after his kitty cat. This asteroid was discovered in 1988 by Henri Debehogne, a Belgian astronomer, and it was originally named 1988RA5.

4864 Nimoy is part of the inner part of the belt, orbiting the sun every 3.9 years. Live long and prosper.

(via Blastr, photo via phys.org)

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Jenna Busch

Jenna Busch is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Legion of Leia and has hosted and written for sites like Nerdist, ComingSoon.net, Metro, Birth. Movies. Death., IGN, AOL, Huffington Post and more. She co-hosted Cocktails With Stan with the legendary Stan Lee and has appeared on Attack of the Show, Fresh Ink, Tabletop with Wil Wheaton, in the documentary She Makes Comics, on NPR and Al Jazeera America, and has covered film/TV/gaming/comics for years. She's currently a co-host on Most Craved. She's been published in the comics anthology Womanthology, is a chapter author for Star Wars Psychology: Dark Side of the Mind, Game of Thrones Psychology and Star Trek Psychology and more, and owns a terrifying amount of swords and 20-sided dice. There are also those My Little Pony trailer voice overs that give one nightmares.

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