Happy Birthday Bob Newhart & Freddie Mercury September 5, 2016
An asteroid has been named after Freddie Mercury to mark what would have been the singer’s 70th birthday.
The Queen frontman has had his name attached to Asteroid 17473, which was discovered in 1991 – the year he died.
Queen guitarist Brian May told a gathering of 1,250 fans at Montreux Casino in Switzerland that the asteroid would now be known as Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.
May said the honour marked “Freddie’s outstanding influence in the world”.
He said: “And so – for its first appearance in public – Asteroid Freddiemercury – happy birthday Freddie!”