He’s an as­teroid, ‘on his way to Mars’

The Myanmar Times - - The Pulse -

ROCK leg­end Fred­die Mer­cury’s legacy is liv­ing on as an as­teroid, named after him on what would have been the Queen singer’s 70th birth­day.

Brian May, who is best known as Queen’s lead gui­tarist but also has a doc­tor­ate in as­tro­physics, an­nounced that an as­teroid – known un­til now by the less mem­o­rable 17473 – was be­ing named in the singer’s honor.

The as­teroid is far from the Bri­tish singer’s name­sake planet and is in­stead in the main as­teroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

May showed a video of the as­teroid’s move­ment on his web­site, ac­com­pa­nied by Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.

The Mi­nor Planet Cen­ter, part of the Smith­so­nian Astro­phys­i­cal Ob­ser­va­tory based at Har­vard Univer­sity, is­sued a ci­ta­tion timed for Mer­cury’s birth­day on Septem­ber 4.

“His dis­tinc­tive sound and large vo­cal range were hall­marks of his per­for­mance style, and he is re­garded as one of the great­est rock singers of all time,” it said.

The as­teroid was dis­cov­ered in 1991, the year that Mer­cury died of com­pli­ca­tions from AIDS. –

Photo: AFP

Fred­die Mer­cury rocks out in Paris at a show in 1984.The late singer’s name­sake as­teroid is cur­rently between Mars and Jupi­tar.

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