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Asteroid named for 'Star Trek' actor George Takei 小行星以《星際迷航》演員之名命名

George Takei arrives at the VH1 Big in '06 Awards in Culver City, US, Dec. 2, 2006. 二○○六年十二月二,喬治.武井抵達美國卡佛市舉行的「VH1 Big」年度頒獎典禮會場。(照片:美聯社)


Star Trek actor George Takei has been chosen as the namesake of the asteroid formerly known as the 1994 GT9.

The asteroid, located between Mars and Jupiter, has been renamed 7307 Takei in honor of the actor, who is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu in the original Star Trek series.

"I am now a heavenly body," Takei said while laughing. "I found out about it yesterday.... I was blown away. It came out of the clear, blue sky - just like an asteroid."

The celestial rock, discovered by two Japanese astronomers in 1994, joins the 4659 Roddenberry (named for the show's creator, Gene Roddenberry) and the 68410 Nichols (for costar Nichelle Nichols, who played Lt. Uhura). Other main-belt asteroids are already named for science fiction luminaries Robert Heinlein and Isaac Asimov.

"It's in general considered quite an honor," Lars Lindberg Christensen, spokesman for the International Astronomical Union, said of the latest renaming.

About 14,000 asteroid names have been approved by the panel, while about 165,000 asteroids have been identified and numbered, he said.

Under the committee's policies, whoever discovers an asteroid has 10 years in which to propose a name. After that, the panel considers other suggestions, although it warns would-be namers to avoid anything "in questionable taste" and any names honoring political or military figures sooner than 100 years after their deaths.

Most recently, the 70-year-old Takei has appeared on NBC's Heroes, playing Hiro Nakamura's father. He also appears regularly on Howard Stern's satellite radio show. (AP)

《星際迷航》演員喬治.武井的名字已經取代原來「1994 GT9」的代號,成為這顆小行星的新名字。



1. asteroid n.

小行星 (xiao3 xing2 xing1)

例: It's another movie about an asteroid hitting the earth.


2. heavenly adj.

天空的 (tian1 kong1 de5),美好的 (mei2 hao3 de5)

例: Tony thinks she has a heavenly smile.


3. celestial adj.

天空的 (tian1 kong1 de5)

例: The celestial images are very beautiful.


4. luminary n.

傑出人物 (jie2 chu1 ren2 wu4)

例: That doctor is considered a luminary in his field.








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