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

May said 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, said 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.