In homage to the man whose name has become synonymous with background music, the astronomers renamed the asteroid, formerly known as 81948 (2000 OM69), Eno. Just Eno – short for Brian Peter George.
Marc Buie, an astronomer from the Southwest Research Institute, who called the asteroid Tuesday, described the musician as an "experimental sound sculptor."
The honor comes just one day after Eno was awarded the Stephen Hawking Medal for the remake of his Starmus science and music festival his 1983 album "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks". He received the award along with Elon Musk.
The Stephen Hawking Medal honors the legacy of the late theoretical physicist, cosmologist, astronomer and mathematician. This year's award was the first to be awarded since his death.
Earlier receivers included composer Hans Zimmer, astrophysicist and author Neil deGrasse Tyson and the television program "The Big Bang Theory".
Eno's extended reissue of "Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks" will be released on July 1