Far-away asteroid named after Freddie Mercury on birthday

September 5, 2016 5:12 PM

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Far-away asteroid named after Freddie Mercury on birthday

Queen guitarist Brian May said on Monday an asteroid in Jupiter's orbit had been named after the band's late frontman Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 70th birthday.

May said the International Astronomical Union's Minor Planet Centre has designated an asteroid discovered in 1991, the year of Mercury's death, as "Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury."

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