Queen's Guitarist Publishes Astrophysics Thesis
Damn you Brian May! Weren't you blessed enough to be a great musician in one of the most successful rock bands? So now on top of that you've got to be a rocket scientist as well? How about leaving something for the rest of us miserable cretins.
The founder of the legendary rock band Queen has completed his doctoral thesis in astrophysics after taking a 30-year break to play some guitar.
Brian May's thesis examines the mysterious phenomenon known as Zodiacal light, a misty diffuse cone of light that appears in the western sky after sunset and in the eastern sky before sunrise. Casual observers, if they live under very dark rural skies, can best see the light two to three hours before sunrise as they look east, and many people have been fooled into seeing it as the first sign of morning twilight. A Persian astronomer who lived around the 12th century referred to it as "false dawn" in a poem.