A cold, dark rubble pile, a few kilometers across. He never ventures far from his lair in the asteroid main belt. No closer to the Sun than 2.5 AU, no farther than 2.7. His orbit is inclined by a mere 12 degrees ... an asteroid can hardly be more common than that!
This dude ain't no badass lookin' fer trouble. He's just another humdrum asteroid among untold myriads. Nothing even remotely dangerous. Nothing to worry or warn the kids about. Nothing that invites censorship. No PHA. Not even a NEO. The destroyer of worlds, the end of our civilization ... nope, no way.
So can you believe that this asteroid should be the one to be named 110393/Rammstein, a distinction he owes to the music taste of Jean-Claude Merlin, the man who discovered him in 2001?
I am so disappointed. Like, rilly.
110393/Rammstein in the NASA/JPL minor planet database.
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