The ‘wife’ of Brian

An asteroid named after Monty Python star Graham Chapman has its own moon, astronomers revealed yesterday.
The cosmic wanderer – labelled 9617 Grahamchapman – is actually made up of two rocks, one a quarter the size of the other, they have discovered.
An international team of astronomers made the discovery after monitoring the asteroid’s brightness during January and February this year.
Gay Chapman, who dies in 1989 aged 48, starred as King Arthur in Monty Python and the Holy Grail and Brian, who was mistaken for the Messiah, in Life of Brian.
Asteroids discovered in 1993 from Chile were later officially named after individual members of the Monty Python team.

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Paul Sutherland

Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.
Paul Sutherland

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Paul Sutherland

I have been a professional journalist for nearly 40 years. I write regularly for science magazines including BBC Sky at Night magazine, BBC Focus, Astronomy Now and Popular Astronomy. I have also authored three books on astronomy and contributed to others.

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