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FrankKameny is in the heavens

Timothy Kincaid

July 10th, 2012

Yes, it has been officially confirmed that FrankKameny is in the heavens. Rotating the sun between Mars and Jupiter, to be exact. (FoxNews)

When astronomer Gary Billings read Kameny’s obituary, he consulted with others in the astronomy world. They decided to submit a citation to the Paris-based International Astronomical Union and the Minor Planet Center in Cambridge, Mass., seeking to designate Minor Planet 40463 as Frankkameny.

It’s located in the asteroid belt, orbiting between Mars and Jupiter. The Kameny asteroid is visible through a telescope and was first discovered in 1999 using long-exposure photography.

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gar
July 10th, 2012 | LINK

Technically heavenly bodies rotate on their axises. In terms of movement around the sun, one should say “orbiting the sun.” Sorry to nitpick. I majored in astronomy once upon a time.

David Roberts
July 10th, 2012 | LINK

What gar said.

jerry
July 10th, 2012 | LINK

You expect accuracy from Fox?

F Young
July 11th, 2012 | LINK

I’m hoping a celestial body is named after Alan Turing.

Nicholas
July 11th, 2012 | LINK

Thanks Gar. The Star Trek nerd in me was about to offer the same correction, but you saved me the trouble. It just drives me crazy when people confuse revolving and rotating.

Timothy Kincaid
July 11th, 2012 | LINK

My apologies.

Somehow I get the sense that Mr. Kameny would have made the same objection. Oddly, I think it fitting and a tribute to his eternal warrior spirit to leave the error in place. Here’s to you, Frank, wherever you might be.

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