Queen Reaches For The Stars As Asteroid Named For Freddie Mercury

Thousands of mountain sized rocks float through outer space and occasionally some come near to striking the Earth as they fly through our atmosphere in a fiery blaze of glory known as a shooting star.

Astronomers named one these shooting stars after Queen front man Freddie Mercury on what would have been his 70th birthday.

The asteroid is about 2.2 miles across and hangs out near mercury, according to Queen guitarist Brian May who also holds a doctorate degree in astrophysics.

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