Sep 05, 2016
By Bob Sheppard
An asteroid in the orbit of Jupiter has been named after Freddie Mercury, the frontman for the iconic rock band Queen who died in 1991, the year the asteroid was discovered.
Sunday would have been Mercury’s 70th birthday.
The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Centre has designated the asteroid as “Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.”
Queen’s long-time guitarist Brian May, who has a doctorate in astrophysics from Imperial College, London, says it’s just a dot of light, but it’s a very special dot of light, and recognizes Mercury’s musical and performing talents.