In December 2003 we learned that asteroid 24728 has been named after Robin Scagell, proprietor of Galaxy Picture Library. Here is the citation published by the International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center:
(24728) Scagell = 1991 VO2
The asteroid, 5 km in diameter, orbits in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter some 350 million miles from the Sun. In early 2004 it is in Leo, at about 18th magnitude – that is about 10,000 times fainter than can easily be seen using binoculars. No pictures of it are immediately available.
Neither the asteroid nor Robin Scagell poses any threat to civilisation as we know it.
Here is a closeup of an asteroid of similar size, named Annefrank:
Where is it now?
You can find a diagram of the solar system with today’s position of the asteroid by clicking on this link.