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Cult | News | 27 January 2005

Adams asteroid

An asteroid has been named after the Hitchhiker's creator.

The International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Center announced Asteroid Douglasadams as one of 71 new celestial bodies at a ceremony on 25 January in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

The asteroid was formerly known as 2001 DA42, and was chosen because of the significance of the digits 4 and 2 - the answer to "life, the universe and everything" in Adams' Hitchhiker's work.

This is not the first time Douglas Adams has been honoured in such a way. Shortly after the author's death in 2001 the same body named an asteroid after his Hitchhiker's hero Arthur Dent.

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