Asteriod Named For Queen's Freddie Mercury The asteroid was spotted in 1999, the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated in honor of what would have been Mercury's 70th birthday. Official designation: Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.
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Asteriod Named For Queen's Freddie Mercury

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Asteriod Named For Queen's Freddie Mercury

Asteriod Named For Queen's Freddie Mercury

Asteriod Named For Queen's Freddie Mercury

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The asteroid was spotted in 1999, the same year Mercury died at age 45. It was dedicated in honor of what would have been Mercury's 70th birthday. Official designation: Asteroid 17473 Freddiemercury.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DON'T STOP ME NOW")

QUEEN: (Singing) Having a good time. I'm a shooting star leaping through the sky like a tiger...

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne. The year Queen's Freddie Mercury died, an asteroid was spotted in the sky. This week, in honor of the late singer's 70th birthday, that asteroid officially became 17473 Freddiemercury. Bandmate Brian May joked that the rock star already has a planet named after him, but this, he said, is a very special dot of light. It's MORNING EDITION.

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