Johnny Weir’s Planet
Name of Johnny Weir, three-time U.S. figure skating Champion, named a small planet with the help of the Internet community of Russian-speaking fans. A message will appear on the site weir.ru on the eve of the athlete’s Birthday.
As noted in the description of a small planet in the directory “Johnnyweir” in the Minor Planet Center of the International Astronomical Union, J. Weir “is known for his unique style of skating, honesty and love for Russian culture.”
The idea to name the asteroid proposed users of the site on Feb. 20, 2010 by astronomer Timur Kryachko (TVKryachko), the discoverer of a small planet. March 30 The Minor Planet Center has approved the application with the title and abstract, formulated jointly by members of the Internet community.
Thus, Johnny Weir became the first athlete from the U.S. who has a personal named planet discovered by astronomers from Russia. Earlier, in 1987, an asteroid discovered by Soviet researcher L. Chernyh, was named of a young American peace-ambassador Samantha Smith (3147 Samantha).
Among the other Americans whose names are called minor planets – Hollywood star Audrey Hepburn (4238 Audrey) and Cary Grant (9342 Carygrant), Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra (17059 and 7934 Elvis Sinatra), as well as athletes Jesse Owens and Lance Armstrong (6758 and 12373 Jesseowens, Lancearmstrong). Now you can find Johnnyweir in the NASA catalogue.