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Rock star Freddie Mercury seen here in a 1985 file photo performing at a concert in Sydney, Australia. (Gillian Allen/Associated Press)

Rock star Freddie Mercury seen here in a 1985 file photo performing at a concert in Sydney, Australia.

(Gillian Allen/Associated Press)

Asteroid near Jupiter named after Freddie Mercury on his 70th birthday Add to ...

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

May says 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.”

May, who has a doctorate in astrophysics from Imperial College, London, says the newly named asteroid is “just a dot of light, but it’s a very special dot of light” and recognizes Mercury’s musical and performing talents.

Mercury, born Sept. 5, 1946, wrote and performed hits including “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Are The Champions” with Queen, releasing over a dozen studio albums between 1973 and 1991.

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