Visionary filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky gets his own asteroid

One of the great artistic directors and comic creators of our time is now also an asteroid. 

There's no one else like Jodorowsky. Incal, Borgia, Madwoman of the Sacred Heart -- those are just a few of his comic marvels. And that doesn't even touch Santa Sangre, The Holy Mountain, El Topo, and all the other films he's directed. There's no dodging it -- the man is weird, but brilliant. And his work is the kind of stuff that tranforms media forever.

So we're really jazzed that, when French astronomer Jean-Claude Merlin discovered a new asteroid, the decision was made to name it after Jodorowsky. A little info on the asteroid itself:

261690 Jodorowsky orbits in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, at an average distance of 470 million kilometres (293 million miles) from the Sun.

Seems a fitting tribute for a man who is more than a little bit out of this world. Now we just have to hope that with his new film, The Dance of Reality, and the documentary on his failed attempt to adapt Dune both coming out, we'll see more of Jodorowsky the person than we do of the asteroid.

(via Bleeding Cool)

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