One day in March, my friend Jordan Zhu and I discovered that the IAU are taking name suggestions for small bodies. We were together thinking of names to suggest, but most significant scientific personalities already had something named after them. Then the idea struck us both: Randall Munroe! I proceeded to write an email to the IAU to suggest this name to them, with little expectation of it getting accepted.
And today, I saw this:
The IAU had accepted my name! (link)
The asteroid formerly known as 4942 (1987 DU6) will now forever be named after Randall Munroe, and the name will outlive all of us. I’m sure Randall will be glad to know that there’s now an asteroid with his name; a honour that very little people get.