Hebrew University has made a name for itself as one of earth’s top universities — and now its fame has spread to space. The university has joined the ranks of people and places whose names appear on minor planets, with the International Astronomical Union (IAU) naming an asteroid in honor of the university – with the asteroid appropriately name “Hebrewu.”
Asteroid 271,763 was discovered by David H. Levy and Wendee Levy from Arizona, and Tom Glinos from Canada. Levy is a Canadian astronomer and science writer famous for his co-discovery of the Comet Shoemaker–Levy 9, which collided with the planet Jupiter in 1994 in the first collision of two solar system bodies ever observed.
Levy wanted to name an asteroid after the Hebrew University since completing a PhD at its English Department in June 2010. His dissertation explored the relationship between the night sky and the works of Shakespeare and other writers in the early modern period of English literature.
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