Disturbing the Universe

David L Clements, science and science fiction

Iain Banks gets a place in the sky


I was very pleased to learn that the late great Iain Banks has had an asteroid named after him.

Asteroid Iainbanks resides in the Main Asteroid Belt of the Sol system; with a size of 6.1 km (3.8 miles), it takes 3.94 years to complete a revolution around the Sun. It is most likely of a stony composition.

I wonder if it would be possible to get another asteroid named IainMBanks?


Author: davecl

Astronomy, science, science fiction

2 thoughts on “Iain Banks gets a place in the sky

  1. Dave,

    One of the rules of asteroid naming is that the name must be pronounceable as a single word, which ruled out Iainmbanks, even though it was my first choice.

    There’s also a rule against naming more than one asteroid after the same person 🙂

  2. And besides, wouldn’t IanMBanks have to be orbiting exactly orthogonally to IanBanks? That’s the rule I was always taught about mixing independant real and imaginary things, so I assume it’s the same for two non-correlated types of imaginary thing… =:o}

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