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Asteroid named after Auburn University professor

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AUBURN, AL (WTVM) -

An Auburn University professor now has an asteroid named after him.

Masatoshi Hirabayashi, an Aerospace Engineering professor, was honored with the asteroid naming at a conference in Uruguay earlier this year.

The assistant professor’s asteroid was discovered at an observatory in Australia back in 1981. Hirabayashi says his research on comets was a factor in the selection of his asteroid name.

He says he will travel to Israel next year to observe the asteroid himself. 

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