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Freddie Mercury, of the pop band Queen, performing on stage during the Live Aid concert.

Queen guitarist Brian May announced that asteroid 17473 a 3.5km-wide ball of black rubble on the other side of Mars, will be known as “Freddiemercury”

Celebrations to mark Freddie Mercury’s 70th birthday received a cosmic boost on Sunday night as Brian May, Queen’s lead guitarist, announced that an asteroid nearly half a billion kilometres away had been named after the late singer.

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