He’s an asteroid, ‘on his way to Mars’
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. –
Freddie Mercury rocks out in Paris at a show in 1984.The late singer’s namesake asteroid is currently between Mars and Jupitar.