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By The Associated Press
Friday, June 13, 2008

The latest tribute to legendary Steelers broadcaster Myron Cope is out of this world. Literally.

The International Astronomical Union has agreed to name an asteroid after Cope, who died Feb. 27. The asteroid orbits the sun between Mars and Jupiter and is now officially known as 7835 Myroncope.

The asteroid is about three miles wide and 88 million miles from Earth. It cannot be seen by the naked eye.

The name was proposed in March by Dr. Eric Mamajek of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Mass. Mamajek is a native of Bethel Park.

The International Astronomical Union approved the name late last month.

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