The International Astronomical Union has named an asteroid after former NASA roboticist Randall Munroe of xkcd. The new name 4942 Munroe is a vast improvement over its pre-name designation of (4942) 1987 DU6. Munroe wrote about the honor:
The first thing I did was try to figure out whether 4942 Munroe was big enough to pose a threat to Earth. I was excited to learn that, based on its albedo (brightness), it’s probably about 6-10 kilometers in diameter. That’s comparable in size to the one that killed the dinosaurs—definitely big enough to cause a mass extinction!
(Image credit: Randall Munroe)