Rock star and astrophysicist Brian May visits Paranal

On 28 and 29 September 2015, ESO’s Paranal Observatory welcomed a very special visitor — British rock guitarist, singer, songwriter and astrophysicist, Brian May. Famed for being the lead guitarist of the legendary rock band Queen — May also has a passion for astronomy. This picture shows Brian May in one of the domes of the ESO Very Large Telescope.


ESO/J. Girard (, @djulik)/G. Hüdepohl (
Music: ’39 by Queen/B. May 1975 (A night at the Opera), with kind permission from Brian May

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Release date:30 September 2015, 15:00
Related announcements:ann15074
Duration:04 m 17 s
Frame rate:30 fps

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Name:Cerro Paranal, Very Large Telescope
Type:Unspecified : People : Other/General
Unspecified : Technology : Observatory : Telescope
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