Freddie Mercury: Asteroid named after Queen singer for his 70th birthday
Freddie Mercury did not live to see what would have been his 70th birthday on Monday, but he still got a stellar present: The International Astronomical Union’s Minor Planet Center officially renamed an asteroid after the late Queen singer.
Formerly known as Asteroid 17473, the object was first discovered in 1991, the year of Mercury’s death, and will now be known as Asteroid Freddiemercury. The announcement was made by Mercury’s Queen band mate Brian May in a video first played at a gathering in Mercury’s honor.
“It’s just a dot of light, but it’s a very special dot of light,” May said of the asteroid.
The video concludes with some footage of Asteroid Freddiemercury set to Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now,” which includes Mercury singing, “I”m a shooting star leaping through the sky.” Watch it below.