JK Rowling
JK Rowling

Asteroid named after JKR

  July 16, 2006 at 12:14 AM ET
  Geri     The Leaky Cauldron
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Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling now has an asteroid named in her honor. The honor was bestowed by the International Astronomical Unionopens in new window, who named asteroid # 43844 'Rowling.' Dr. Mark Hammergren who discovered the asteroid, is an Astronomer at the Adler Planetariumopens in new window in Chicago and submitted the name 'Rowling' to the committee for consideration.

The citationopens in new window reads:

(43844) Rowling = 1993 OX2
The British author Joanne "Jo" Rowling (b. 1965) is best known for her beloved fantasy series featuring the young wizard Harry Potter. Her books have won numerous awards, inspired a love of reading in children around the world and entertained millions of all ages.


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