A night at the opera-glass?

Rock legend Brian May has been busy composing his latest masterpiece – a book on astronomy.
The Queen guitarist has swapped pop stars for real stars to write an epic volume on the history of the universe.
He is collaborating with The Sky at Night presenters Sir Patrick Moore and Chris Lintott to produce the ultimate guide to space.
It will be called Bang! The Complete History Of The Universe and will cost £20 in the UK. Publishers Canopus say: “We want to make this the most understandable account of life, the universe and everything ever.”
Sir Patrick – who had a heart pacemaker fitted in March – told me: “Don’t forget that Brian is a highly qualified astronomer. The book has been very much a combined effort.
“It is almost finished and we expect it to be published in October.”
Sir Patrick, 83, who was a virtuoso himself on the xylophone, added: “Brian and I have been very close friends for many years.
“His music is not my sort of music at all – but it is the astronomy that matters.”
Brian, 58, famous for his guitar solos, was close to completing a PhD in astronomy at Imperial College London when Queen found famein the mid Seventies.
He was studying the distribution of meteor particles in the solar system – and it was case of “another one writes the dust” when he co-wrote a scientific paper for the Journal of the Royal Astronomical Society.
Brian wrote most of his thesis but, due to the pressures of fame, never submitted it to earn his doctorate.
However, he was awarded an honorary science degree by Hertfordshire University in 2002.
Brian has travelled the world to view eclipses of the sun and is a frequent guest on The Sky At Night.
You can pre-order a copy of Bang! from Amazon in the UK by clicking here.

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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