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An asteroid now bears the name of Makoto Shinkai, the director of Your Name

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Published on Apr 16, 2018

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It has a diameter of 7.25 kilometers the asteroid 55522 Makotoshinkai, located just outside the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, and so called from its discoverer, the astronomer Roy A. Tucker, in honor of the director, Your Name: Makoto Shinkai.

He made the announcement the same Tucker through his Twitter profile at the beginning of this month, despite the asteroid was discovered back in 2001 (the process of approval of the name seems to be something long and elaborate):

I am pleased to announce that asteroid 2001 RP63 has been numbered and named (55222) Makotoshinkai. Makoto Shinkai, born as Makoto Niitsu (b. 1973) is a Japanese author. His anime credits include “Your Name”, and “5 Centimeters Per Second”, and “The Garden of Words”.

— Roy A. Tucker (@gpobserver) April 2, 2018

However, this is not the first time that the astronomer fond of anime and manga baptizes an asteroid with the name of a famous character of japanese pop culture. Also the composer of the music of the films of Godzilla, Akira Ifukube, has an asteroid dedicated to him, as well as the composer of the anime and video games Yasuhara Takanashi is the author's relationship with yukito tsukihiro Ayatsuji, cartoonist Lynn Okamoto, and the author Kinoko Nasu.

We can only hope that 55522 Makotoshinkai not crash on some town in japan.

The article An asteroid now bears the name of Makoto Shinkai, the director of Your Name comes from Justnerd.en.

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