She has had an asteroid named after her, 23238 Ocasio-Cortez. Next time I’m in DC or NY, we’ll have to get together and compare space rocks, since I’m proud to say that 153298 Paulmyers is my namesake. I wonder how close those rocks are to each other? Probably not as close as Minnesota and the East coast.
There’s actually a legitimate scientific basis for honoring Ocasio-Cortez this way.
Evans and Stokes decided to keep things “honorable” by handing out asteroid names to the winners of top science and engineering fairs for students.
“We didn’t want to make it willy-nilly. We wanted to keep it exclusive,” Evans told Business Insider. She said first- and second-place winners of three major student competitions, plus some teachers and mentors, get naming rights.
Ocasio-Cortez took second place in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair in 2007, when she was a high school student. Yay! In biology! ONE OF US, ONE OF US!
I don’t know that, but from the JPL Small-Body Database Browser, I can deduce that your’s is about 84,717,970 km farther from the Sun (perihelion distance):
Oops, the grammar police wasn’t on alert.
My favorite named asteroid remains 52665 Brianmay
I love that his non scientific carrier seems to be an afterthought
In case anyone was wondering:
Here are the International Astronomical Union’s rules for naming asteroids and other small bodies in the solar system – https://www.iau.org/public/themes/naming/#minorplanets .
One of the rules:
So Rep. Ocasio-Cortez would not be able to have an asteroid named after her now; nor would any other member of Congress. But 23238 was named a decade before Rep. Ocasio-Cortez became known primarily as a politician. So; like everyone else who gets an asteroid out of the block of objects that the LINEAR survey allocated for winners of the Intel competition, the rock pile will continue to be named after her.
Great. Cue the God botherers finding deep and ominous religious significance and the right-wing, gun-toting pervs getting off on the fact that Ocasio-Cortez now has a celestial body named after her. I’m sure Matt Gaetz is working on his pick up line as we speak.
So thats one asteroid to hit the Whitehouse and another to hit the GOP convention. They might be the only asteroids ever to cause a smaller catastrophe than the one they prevent.
My preference would be to grant my name to an asteroid on a collision course, if only to hear my name spoken in fear and alarm.
Ha, don’t forget 153289 Rebeccawatson! Asteroid-named leftists are the best leftists it seems.