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Queen Guitarist And Astrophysicist Brian May To Co-Author Asteroid Atlas

A well-known astronomer and artist, Brian May to co-author Asteroid Atlas of the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Bennu is an 85-million-ton rock that orbits the Sun. The book will come out on Thursday. It has pictures and information from the Osiris-Rex mission, which was a project between NASA and the University of Arizona to get samples from an asteroid called Bennu that was close to Earth.

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A well-known astronomer and artist,Brian May to co-author Asteroid Atlasof the near-Earth asteroid Bennu. Bennu is an 85-million-ton rock that orbits the Sun. Dante Lauretta, an expert in planetary science at the University of Arizona, and Brian May, the lead guitarist for the band Queen and a little-known astrophysicist, are writing a new book that will be the first full atlas of an asteroid in the world.
The book will come out on Thursday. It has pictures and information from the Osiris-Rex mission, which was a project between NASA and the University of Arizona to get samples from an asteroid called Bennu that was close to Earth.

Brian May To Co-Author Asteroid Atlas

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Brian May, a famous astronomer and musician, worked with Dante Lauretta, a planetary scientist at the University of Arizona and the leader of NASA's OSIRIS-REx project, to make a three-dimensional map of the asteroid Bennu that is close to Earth. Brian May, who is famous for his work with the famed band Queen, is also on the OSIRIS-REx mission team.
In 2018, the OSIRIS-REx mission made it to the asteroid Bennu and took a sample. The spaceship left Bennu in April 2021, and it is expected to come back to Earth on September 24 with the samples. Bennu is a huge asteroid with a mass of 85 million tons that orbits the Sun. It is currently about 51 million miles from Earth.
The two of them worked together to write "Bennu 3-D: Anatomy of an Asteroid." This book has been called the first full atlas of an asteroid in three dimensions. The book comes out on Thursday, July 27. It has information and pictures from the Osiris-Rex mission, which was a project between the University of Arizona and NASA to collect samples from the near-Earth asteroid Bennu.
The mission took off on September 8, 2016, and it will return to Earth on September 24, 2023. NASA says that the journey should bring back "pristine material from Bennu" like rocks and dust from the asteroid's surface in 2020. This will give scientists a look at how space looked 4.5 billion years ago, when the planets and sun were still forming.
In addition to being the first atlas of an asteroid in the world, Lauretta and May's new book will include three-dimensional images of Bennu that have never been seen before, as well as a study of what they show about how life began.
In addition to his work in science, May is known all over the world for being the lead guitarist for the band Queen. Brian May's musical journey began in the early 1970s when he co-founded Queen alongside Freddie Mercury (vocals), Roger Taylor (drums), and John Deacon (bass). The band gained international fame and achieved immense success with hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," "We Are the Champions," "Somebody to Love," and many others.
May's guitar playing style, often characterized by its unique tone and virtuosic technique, has earned him widespread recognition and accolades from both critics and fans alike. He is considered one of the greatest guitarists in rock music history.
Aside from his musical career, Brian May has a deep interest in astrophysics and completed his doctoral thesis in 2007, earning his Ph.D. from Imperial College London. May's graduate thesis in physics, which he finished in 2006 after taking a break, was dedicated to Queen. He said that the information gathered by the InfraRed Astronomy Satellite (IRAS) was a big part of how the Zodiacal Dust Cloud was understood.
May and Lauretta wrote a scientific study together in 2020 about how top-shaped asteroids like Bennu and Ryugu were made. Their new book, Bennu 3-D: Anatomy of an Asteroid, is promoted as the first complete atlas of an asteroid. It has 3D pictures.
May has always been interested in stereoscopic photos, which is clear from his latest book, Stereoscopy Is Good for You: Life in 3-D. He often took a stereo camera with him on Queen trips and took 3D pictures of the band's shows and what was going on backstage. This same technology was used to show the asteroid Bennu in the book, which has 120 pictures, 50 maps, and 80 pictures that show Bennu in three dimensions. At the Natural History Museum in London on July 31, May and Lauretta will talk about their book and show some 3D pictures of Bennu.
NASA's Center for Near Earth Object Studies keeps an eye on Bennu, a near-Earth object (NEO) and possibly dangerous asteroid. Even though a collision with Earth is unlikely, NASA is ready for any possible risks. This was shown by NASA's Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) mission, in which an asteroid's path was changed. Recent pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope showed what happened after the DART mission.

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Dante Lauretta, an expert in planetary science at the University of Arizona, is about to publish the first full atlas of asteroids in the world. He will do this with the help of Brian May, the lead guitarist of the famous band Queen, who is also a little-known astrophysicist.
In 2018, the OSIRIS-REx mission made it to the asteroid Bennu and took a sample. The spaceship left Bennu in April 2021, and it is expected to come back to Earth on September 24 with the samples. Bennu is a huge asteroid with a mass of 85 million million tons that orbits the Sun. It is currently about 51 million miles from Earth.
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