Luke Skywalker was always looking to the stars. Stuck on a Tatooine farm with a dream of becoming a pilot, the Star Wars hero wanted to make a name for himself in space. Now the actor who portrayed the iconic sci-fi character has done just that.
Mark Hamill gave his thanks on Tuesday after noted American astronomer Roy A. Tucker tweeted that he was naming an asteroid for the movie star.
Thanks so much Roy! @gpobserver I looked for it last night, but the visibility in Malibu was too hazy for me to see it. I'll try again tonight. 👀 All the best, 110026 Hamill #KickAsteroid https://t.co/JhQ0wEZTw2
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) July 17, 2018
It’s no double sunset over the horizon of his home planet, but Skywalker himself would surely be proud. Hamill joins “Skywalker” and “Georgelucas” as other notable minor planet names tied to the Star Wars film franchise.
Han Solo should really be next. After all, the guy literally flew into an asteroid field in “The Empire Strikes Back” because TIE Fighters on the tail of the Millennium Falcon “would be crazy to follow us,” he told Princess Leia.
Wonder if “110026 Hamill” was out there somewhere.