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Asteroid 'FreddieMercury'

By Simon Sharwood, 6 Sep 2016

Queen guitarist Brian May has announced that the International Astronomical Union has re-named an asteroid “FreddieMercury”, to mark what would have been the singer's 70th birthday.

Previously known as Asteroid 17473, aka 1991 FM3 has a diameter of 3.435km ± 0.374 km, orbits the Sun every three years and eight months and does so just one degree out of the ecliptic plane.

The asteroid was chosen as it was discovered in 1991, the year of Mercury's death.

May explained the decision in the video below. ®

Youtube Video

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