Queen’s Brian May invites world to ‘DREAM-fulfilling’ live virtual event into night’s sky

Brian May is best known as Queen’s guitarist, but the 73-year-old also holds a PhD in astrophysics and is a publisher of stereoscopic photography. Now he’s combining these passions for new book Cosmic Clouds 3-D: Where Stars Are Born. Teaming up with astronomy writer David J Eicher, the book takes readers into the story of the birth, death and recycling of stars in nebulae.

Cosmic Clouds 3-D is accompanied by cutting edge 3-D photos creatively constructed by Finnish artist and astronomer J-P Metsävainio, based on his amazing astrophotography.

And on September 23 at 8pm, the world is invited to the online book launch for a virtual journey into the night’s sky, as the Queen legend makes his first public appearance since lockdown.

Hosted by the Science Museum, the free YouTube event can be viewed in 2-D or even 3-D for those who have a pair of May’s very own 3-D Owl Viewer.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, the rock star physicist shared why the book and event are so important to him.

May said: “I believe this is an important book in its own right, because an up to date and in-depth account of nebulae is long overdue out there.

“With all this current interest in life in other parts of the universe, a study of nebulae is crucial, because the nebulae, the cosmic clouds are the beginning of everything, and in a sense we can regard the seeds of life itself as being nested in those exotically coloured and fantastically shaped clouds, billions of miles away in the neighbouring space of our galaxy.

“But I have another reason to be proud of this book. It fulfils part of my dream to bring art and science together, and in particular to bring stereoscopy and astronomy together.

“This is the first book published in the known universe on nebulae which is illustrated with stereoscopic pictures of the objects themselves.”

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The 73-year-old continued: “This has only been possible because of the unique blend of art and science delivered by J-P Metsävainio in the incredible pictures which you will find in this book.

“As you leaf through its pages, and view the pictures with a stereoscope – ideally in London Stereoscopic Company Owl – you will feel that you are floating in space with eyes a billion miles apart, taking in the intricate and beautiful complexities of all these nebulae.

“Reading David J Eicher’s text, you will find a new understanding of the way stars are born, and ultimately of the way that humans came into existence in the universe.”

On tomorrow’s live event, May said: “Be there, at our live virtual, stereoscopic enabled launch!”

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He added: “All you need is YouTube, and for the 3-D experience, a way of viewing stereoscopic images side by side.

“If you’re in doubt, check my Instagram, and you will find an instruction video! See you there.”

To view the unique virtual event, head to the following link on September 23 for 8pm here.

Additionally, Cosmic Cloud’s 3-D, published by The London Stereoscopic Company, costing £35, is published on the same day.

A couple of years ago, May published his autobiographical book Queen in 3-D, which featured hundreds of unseen pictures of Freddie Mercury and the band.

Speaking exclusively with Express.co.uk, the Queen legend said: “It’s pretty much all unseen.

“Nobody has seen these pictures except for in private. Apart from the fact that they’re in 3-D, they’re my own personal pictures. Really ninety per cent of it or more has never been seen before.”

Queen in 3-D has been updated since the release of Freddie Mercury biopic Bohemian Rhapsody.

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